Given the league’s high immunization rates, the main form of NBA COVID-19 detection this season is designated team officers (using small household molecule-based testing devices that can return results). Focus on (mainly members of the medical staff) in 20 minutes.
The NBA often relies on lab-based testing, but it’s not as capable as last season. Hundreds of external specialists (some of whom are part of the team) collect samples daily for the country.
The league first began using these FDA-approved molecular diagnostic test devices in 2020, in a way that complements other COVID-19 tests in the Orlando bubble, about the same size as Trump’s deck. Five NBA teams used the device as part. Of the pilot program throughout the 2020-21 season.
But now, devices developed by San Diego-based company Cue became the league standard between 2021 and 22 and each team has as many as 24 devices. Queue will also provide the device to league referees and the NBA refereeing management group will oversee the testing process.
Ayub Khattak, CEO and co-founder of Cue, said the device is used not only in sports leagues, but also in more than 2,000 schools and other facilities in 16 states. A Mayo Clinic study reported that devices that rely on nasal swabs for collection produce results with 97.8% accuracy.
“Basically, our tests are very specific,” Chattak told ESPN. “Of course, false positives can occur in any situation. But that’s another advantage of being able to get results faster. Being caught up in false positives for two days before getting the next result. there is no.”
The NBA team has been instructed to work with local labs on additional testing needs that may arise, such as checking positive tests on one of the fast-responding devices.
According to the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocol, unvaccinated people are tested daily, and in some cases twice on certain days. According to a league spokesperson, most team staff and referees are required to be vaccinated, with nearly 96% of athletes being vaccinated.
The frequency of testing of vaccinated athletes and staff is unknown, but the NBA will work with the team to meet the testing needs if you want to check all athletes and staff daily.
Each team has a designated tester who is responsible for coordinating and supervising the team’s tests. Officers mainly consist of medical staff or exercise training staff of each team. Test results are sent to a secure cloud-based dashboard. Designated healthcare staff for each team can access the information, and league player health groups can access league-wide data.
Inside the device, the General Manager of the Eastern Conference said, “I really really like it. It’s very convenient.”
“I think it’s really big,” said one Western Conference general manager who is familiar with the device. “It definitely reduces the need to have [other specialists] Around it. “
Last season, and in the Orlando bubble, the NBA relied heavily on BioReference Laboratories experts to perform most of the COVID-19 test.
In 2020-21, BioReference had about 400 NBA-focused staff nationwide. Among them were about 10 staff members working in the field on each of the 30 teams, one of whom performed points and often traveled to all homes. Road game.
Some of those BioReference staff were included in the annual team photo because they were so integrated with the team.
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