Two unnamed Senators players test positive for coronavirus

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The Senators announced Saturday that a second player has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

A total of 52 people traveled with the team on its California road trip with 44 showing no symptoms, according to the press release, and eight tested for the coronavirus. The team says it is still awaiting results from tests that were conducted Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The team said it instructed all people in the traveling group to self-quarantine on March 13 and will continue to do so.

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The second positive test comes after Ottawa announced March 17 that one of their players had contracted the coronavirus. The two unnamed players are the first confirmed cases in the NHL.

"The Ottawa Senators' medical team is actively monitoring players and staff and following all appropriate and professional guidelines to help ensure the health and safety of our employees and the greater community," the statement read. "To be fully transparent with our fans and stakeholders, we will continue to provide periodic updates as appropriate, while maintaining the privacy of the individuals impacted."

The Athletic reported March 17 that there may be more Ottawa players with the virus: "It is believed that multiple Senators players are ill and awaiting test results to determine how many have been infected," according to the report from Hailey Salvian and James Mirtle.

The Senators completed a road trip through California prior to the March 12 "pause" of the NHL schedule due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. They faced the Sharks (March 7), Ducks (March 10) and Kings (March 11).

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