TAMPA, Fla — The Tampa Bay Lightning are dealing with a coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases simultaneously continues to climb statewide.
General Manager Julien BriseBois confirmed the cases saying all three players and additional staff who have tested positive are self-isolating and are mainly asymptomatic other than a few "low-grade" fevers.
The team has also notified anyone who may have come in contact with these individuals and closed the team training facilities Thursday.
"Those facilities will remain temporarily shut down until we can ensure a safe environment," BriseBois wrote.
Canadian hockey commentator Bob McKenzie was the first to break the news about the cases and closures.
Moving forward, the Lightning is asking the public to help stop the spread as cases in the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County are on the rise by emploring them to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
"The Lightning are steadfast in doing all that we can to ensure the health and safety of our players, staff, fans and the community," BriseBois wrote. "We need to work together as a community to slow the spread."
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