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NHL Adds Game-Day Rapid Testing To Stem COVID-19 Outbreaks

The NHL is adding game-day rapid tests for players, team personnel and on-ice officials as part of a series of expanded safety protocols in its latest bid to stem potential COVID-19 outbreaks.

Rapid tests will initially be made available to the league's 24 U.S.-based teams and provide results within a half-hour to augment daily PCR testing already in place.

Other expanded safety protocols include having teams provide players and staff KN95 facemasks, have all team meetings be conducted virtually, and removing the plexiglass surrounding the penalty box area.

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The NHL also recommends players not leave their homes except to attend practice, games or for other essential activities.