Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller, assistant Brandi Poole enter COVID-19 protocol

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller and assistant coach Brandi Poole have both entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols, ruling them out for Saturday's game against the Washington Mystics. Assistant coach Chris Koclanes will be serving as head coach with the pair is out.

The Mystics will also be short-handed due to COVID-19, as Alysha Clark has been sidelined with the virus. Elena Delle Donne will also be out for the Mystics Saturday due to rest.

Saturday's game, a rematch of the 2019 WNBA Finals, was highly anticipated, with Washington (6-2) and Connecticut (5-2) Nos. 2 and 3 in the standings.

The Sun and Mystics aren't the only ones dealing with COVID-19 cases, as the Seattle Storm saw three of their 11 players enter health and safety protocols over the past few days ahead of a weekend series against the New York Liberty.

Under the WNBA's current rules for COVID-19, players are tested only if they are symptomatic. Their return to play is symptom-specific, but generally speaking, players can be cleared after two negative tests that are at least 24 hours apart.

There have been eight WNBA players who have entered health and safety protocols throughout the first three weeks of the regular season. Phoenix's Sophie Cunningham and Atlanta's Monique Billings also missed games recently due to COVID.