PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Add forward Steve Downie and goaltender Thomas Greiss to the list of Pittsburgh Penguins dealing with the mumps.
The team said Friday that both tested positive for the virus and will remain in isolation.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Investigating Shooting In Homewood
Forward Brandon Sutter tested negative. All three players missed Pittsburgh’s two-game road swing through Florida after coming down with symptoms suggesting mumps.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, forward Beau Bennett and defensemen Olli Maatta had previously been diagnosed with the virus that has hit several NHL teams. Crosby missed a week but has returned to play. Bennett and Maatta remain out with unrelated injuries.
Sutter could be available Saturday when the Penguins host Washington.
Marc-Andre Fleury and Robert Bortuzzo were also tested for mumps, but their tests came back negative.READ MORE: 'Unity In The Community' Event Held In Greensburg
Earlier this month, the team put some new policies in place to help curb the spread of the mumps. No Penguins staff are allowed in the locker room unless they first get a mumps vaccination shot.
As a result, all staff, whether they go into the locker room or not, were being offered free immunizations.
There is no more sharing water bottles or Gatorade on the bench and everyone has their own water bottle.
All equipment was sanitized and bottles of hand sanitizer were placed in the locker room.
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