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ESPN: Clippers staff quarantined after positive COVID-19 test in Utah

Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) passes away from LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) as the Utah Jazz and LA Clippers play in an NBA basketball game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Utah won 106-100. Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — “Several members” of the Los Angeles Clippers support staff are in quarantine after they tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

According to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, through contract tracing officials were able to pinpoint that eight staff members attended a New Year’s Eve meal in a “presidential suite at the team hotel.”

The Deseret News reports that Jazz opponents typically stay at the Grand America hotel.

Wojnarowski also reports that none of the people in quarantine are players, coaches, or team management.

Though initially thought to be quarantined in Salt Lake City, Wojnarowski reports that the Clippers staff “left Salt Lake and returned to Los Angeles via sprinter vans to quarantine there.”

 The Jazz beat the Clippers 106-100 in their first home game of the season. 


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet).
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities).
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States