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Jazz explain coronavirus testing of player (Rudy Gobert)

Rudy Gobert

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 04: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz in between plays against the New York Knicks during the second half at Madison Square Garden on March 04, 2020 in New York City. The Utah Jazz won, 112-104. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

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Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, leading to the postponement of Jazz-Thunder in Oklahoma City and the NBA suspending its season.

Jazz release:

This morning a player on the Utah Jazz tested negative for influenza, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection. The individual’s symptoms diminished over the course of today, however, in a precautionary measure, and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to test for COVID-19.

A preliminary positive result came back right before tip-off of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City game. Subsequently, the decision was correctly made by the NBA to postpone the game. When it was determined that the individual would be tested, we immediately informed the league office. The health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league, and all those potentially impacted by this situation are paramount in our discussions.

We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials and the NBA to determine how to best move forward as we gather more information. The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City. In coordination with the NBA and state officials, we will provide updates at the appropriate time.

What a scary situation, one made scarier by Gobert’s recklessness.

Hopefully, he’s OK. Hopefully, everyone who interacted with him – directly or indirectly – is OK.