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PBA ref suspected to have COVID-19 as league decides to still continue ops

The PBA on Wednesday reported that there is a suspected case of COVID-19 infection inside its bubble at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

In a statement, the league said that the case is a PBA referee, who was tested last Oct. 19 along with 27 others whose tests all came out negative Tuesday night.

The referee, though, isn’t showing any symptoms, the league added.

“It has been his 4th test, his 2nd inside the bubble aside from the 2 tests before entering Clark, all of which came out negative,” part of the statement read.

The league said that the person is now under quarantine at the Athlete’s Village in Tarlac while his first and second layer contacts are under strict isolation.

The suspect case will be tested today and will be under strict observation. The person’s 1st and 2nd layer contacts will be retested on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The PBA, though, made it clear that the strict health protocols implemented in the bubble have not been breached.

And more importantly, the season will not be paused, and the games will continue — with stricter measures to ensure the safety of all inside.

However, all activities such as swimming, gym workouts, jogging, and whatnot for today are temporarily put on hold to give way to sanitization.

The PBA is now in its 11th day in the bubble. This has been the first time that a COVID-19 case was suspected inside.

“Rest assured that the safety and security of all is our paramount concern. Routine disinfection, wearing of masks, face shields and social/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,” the league said.

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