On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets released a statement saying that four of the team’s players tested positive for COVID-19.
Nets just released this. pic.twitter.com/STPnBzwUeD— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 17, 2020
According to the release, only one of the players is currently presenting symptoms of the virus, but all four are isolated and under the care of team physicians.
This marks seven confirmed positive tests for COVID-19 in the NBA, along with Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz, and Christian Wood of the Pistons.
Shams Charania of The Athletic later reported that one of the players to test positive was Kevin Durant. The identities of the other three were not disclosed:
Kevin Durant tested positive for coronavirus, Durant tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Durant says he is feeling fine: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 17, 2020
“The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting,” the statement reads. “All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff.”
The Bulls’ second-to-last game before the season was suspended was against the Nets in Brooklyn on March 8.
Also of note: According to the Associated Press, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering instituting a shelter-in-place mandate for the city. No official word on that yet, but a decision could come in the next 48 hours.