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AP source: NHL adding game-day rapid COVID-19 testing

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The NHL is adding a game-day rapid tests for players to its safety protocols in its latest bid to stem potential COVID-19 outbreaks among its teams, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Rapid tests provide results within a half-hour, and will augment daily PCR testing already in place, which is similar to the protocols the NBA introduced this season.

PCR tests are considered to be more accurate, but there’s a 12-24 hour turnaround on results. The moved was confirmed by the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league had not yet released its updated protocol.

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