San Jose Sharks arena employee tests positive for coronavirus

Ailish Forfar
NHL Editor
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 30 : Fans of the San Jose Sharks fill the seats as the sell out crowd gets set to watch the game against the Philadelphia Flyers during a NHL game at the SAP Center at San Jose on December 30, 2015 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

A part-time employee at San Jose’s SAP Center has tested positive for COVID-19, the Sharks announced Thursday.

“This person is under self-quarantine and receiving care from medical professionals. We have been informed that this employee is recovering and feeling better.”

The individual last worked at the arena on March 3 when San Jose hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs, prior to Santa Clara Public Health Department's recommendation to cancel events with over 1,000 people.

The Sharks were the first team to take precautions earlier this week, announcing that all home games in March would be held without fans. This of course was before the NHL decided to suspend operations on Thursday afternoon with hopes “to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent.”

No NHL player or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at this point.

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