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The Maine Red Claws, professional basketball team based in Portland, are going on hiatus because of coronavirus.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic and following
the NBA’s announcement Tuesday night that it is suspending game play. The NBA G League has also suspended the 2019-20 season, effective after tonight’s games.
That announcement comes amid a growing coronavirus pandemic that has upended life in the U.S. and abroad.
Two players on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. While the Boston Celtics were playing the Jazz in Boston on March 6, two players from the Celtics were playing on assignment in Maine. Those two Celtics players remained in Maine until the completion of our afternoon home game on Sunday, March 8.
“We have been working closely with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and given what we have been informed about the incubation period of COVID-19, the CDC has determined that no Red Claws players, staff, nor game attendees face any significant risk from the case involving the Utah players,” the Red Claws said in a release. “It has been determined that no quarantine is necessary, nor is testing necessary for Red Claws players, at this time.”
The Red Claws will continue to use extreme caution in taking every measure to be vigilant and safe, and while we are happy that this case doesn’t significantly increase any of our community members’ general risk from COVID-19, we recommend along with the CDC that all members of the community follow CDC guidelines for personal hygiene and for notifying health professionals in the event of any symptoms. We will continue to monitor developments and provide information as we continue to work with the NBA and the Celtics, as well as health officials both locally and nationally.
The NBA, which has already suspended its regular league games “until further notice” after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
The G League serves as a developmental league for the NBA, the top level of pro basketball. The Red Claws are affiliated with the NBA’s Boston Celtics and play games at the Portland Expo.
The Red Claws began play during the 2009-10 season.
Maine, which has eight games remaining on its regular-season schedule, sits in third place in the G League’s Atlantic Division with a 28-14 record.
The Red Claws next scheduled game was set for Friday, when they were supposed to take on the Raptors 905 of Ontario.
Outside the world of professional sports, Colby, Bates and Bowdoin colleges have canceled their spring sports seasons, per a mandate from the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Special Olympics Maine also suspended all of its scheduled sport training and competition.
The G League is made up of 28 teams stretching from Maine all the way to southern California.