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PBA bubble referee in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

Beatrice Go

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PBA bubble referee in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus
The PBA will continue to monitor the suspected case's situation and reevaluate the risks in the bubble

The PBA reported that a referee tested positive for coronavirus in the bubble on Wednesday, October 21, and was placed in isolation at the New Clark City Athlete’s Village.

According to the official statement of the PBA, the referee – who is asymptomatic – is labeled a suspect after his swab test taken last Monday, October 19, came out positive. (READ: Clark bubble safety: Is it enough?)

“There is a suspect case inside the bubble. A PBA referee. The referee was tested last Monday, October 19 along with 27 others – whose tests all came out negative last night. He is showing no symptoms,” read the statement.

The PBA also said that all the swab tests the referee took before October 19 turned out negative. He took two swab tests before entering the bubble and had his first round of testing prior to Monday.

“The person is now under quarantine at the Athlete’s Village while his 1st and 2nd layer contacts are under strict isolation. The suspect case will be tested today and will be under strict observation,” added the statement.

“The person’s 1st and 2nd layer contacts, meanwhile, will be retested on Saturday, October 24.”

The PBA emphasized that the strict protocols in place have not been breached, but the risks are being evaluated by the PBA medical team, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Department of Health (DOH).

As per the bubble health and safety protocols, games will not be suspended, but will continue with stricter measures.

“As part of the protocol, all activities (swimming, gym, jogging etc.) for today (October 21) are temporarily suspended to give way to sanitization,” said the statement.

“Rest assured that the safety and security of all is our paramount concern. Routine disinfection, wearing of masks, face shields and social and physical distancing are strictly being implemented, as well as an effective contact tracing procedure is in place to maintain the safety and integrity of the bubble.” – Rappler.com

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.