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Sanford Health to conduct virus testing at NBA All-Star Game

March 5, 2021 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health will be conducting coronavirus testing for players, coaches and staff involved in the NBA All-Star Game and associated events, the Sioux Falls-based health care system announced Thursday.

Sanford Health lab technicians will travel to Atlanta in one of the mobile testing units that it has been using for PGA Tour events. Sanford said earlier this week it would be testing pro golfers, caddies and essential personnel at tournaments through the end of June.

Sanford expects to run as many as 750 tests for the NBA All-Star weekend, which includes the skills competition, 3-point contest, slam dunk contest and game.

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“This collaboration is a direct result of our successful partnership with the PGA TOUR,” said Rochelle Odenbrett, senior executive director of Sanford Laboratories. “It is rewarding to know professional sports organizations are seeking out our expertise because they have confidence in our incredible team.”