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Lightning say three players test positive for COVID-19

Staff members also self-isolated, facilities shut down

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The Tampa Bay Lightning released the following statement Friday:

"We have learned that three players and additional staff members have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Those players have been self-isolated following CDC protocols and are asymptomatic other than a few cases of low-grade fever. Those who have been in contact with these individuals have been notified. The Lightning continue testing and are strictly following all NHL and government procedures as part of the league's Phase 2 guidelines. Upon receiving positive tests yesterday, team training facilities will remain temporarily shut down until we can ensure a safe environment.

"The Lightning are steadfast in doing all that we can to ensure the health and safety of our players, staff, fans and the community. With a significant rise in cases in the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and the State of Florida we are imploring everyone in the Bay Area, especially young people, to help slow the spread of the pandemic by diligently following the recommendations of government officials by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and continuing to wash their hands regularly. We need to work together as a community to slow the spread."

-- Julien BriseBois, General Manager

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