Report: Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell becomes second NBA player to test positive for coronavirus
Another Utah Jazz player has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
ESPN reported Thursday morning that all-star guard Donovan Mitchell has tested positive, joining center Rudy Gobert. Gobert tested positive on Wednesday, prompting the NBA to suspend its season indefinitely.
Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN. Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings. Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
The Jazz were scheduled to play a road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, but the game was called off minutes before tip-off. Soon after, the NBA announced that a Jazz player — later reported to be Gobert — tested positive for COVID-19.
Gobert was not in the arena in Oklahoma City prior to the game and his test result was reported shortly before the game was set to begin, the NBA said. Once the positive test was known, players were quarantined to both locker rooms to await medical testing.
The Jazz said in a statement that the affected player “tested negative for influenza, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection” earlier Wednesday. However, he was given a precautionary test for COVID-19 and yielded a positive test.
According to The Athletic, Mitchell was the only other member of the Jazz organization to test positive for the coronavirus.
Sources: Donovan Mitchell was the only Jazz player/personnel to test positive for coronavirus out of 58 tests administered on Wednesday night. Remaining tests came back negative.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2020
This story will be updated.