Sharks Sports & Entertainment announced Thursday evening that a part-time employee at SAP Center at San Jose has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The organization issued a news release that said it received notification of the person’s positive test late Wednesday, and that the person “is under self-quarantine and receiving care from medical professionals. We have been informed that this employee is recovering and feeling better.”
According to the Sharks, the person last worked at SAP Center on March 3 when the team played the Toronto Maple Leafs, two days before the Santa Clara County Public Health Department recommended moratorium on public gatherings of over 1,000 people.
The news release, which was also sent to season ticket holders, continued, “In coordination with the public health department, SSE Management is following the health authority’s determination that risk to the public from that exposure is low and that no additional precautions are necessary. SSE will continue to monitor the situation.”
The Sharks played three more games at SAP Center after their game against Toronto. They played the Minnesota Wild on March 5, the Ottawa Senators on March 7 and the Colorado Avalanche on March 8.
Earlier Thursday, the NHL announced that it was immediately suspending play over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The Sharks, who were in St. Louis at the time of the announcement, flew back to San Jose on Thursday afternoon.
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