Just days after Sydney Wiese shared that she was in Spain when President Trump announced a travel ban from many European countries, the former Oregon State women’s basketball star has tested positive for the coronavirus.
She opened up about her diagnosis on social media Friday. A previous Twitter post revealed she had been tested for the virus on or around March 16.
“I tested positive for COVID-19,” Wiese said in a post on Twitter. “I am feeling well- fortunate to only show mild symptoms, but I am capable of spreading it. All of us are united in our fight to stop this spread and keep everyone safe/healthy. I will do my part, and I hope you do too.”
Wiese said she is currently exhibiting symptoms such as loss of taste and smell.
The symptoms I showed were loss of taste and smell. They are newer symptoms but they ARE symptoms.— Sydney Wiese (@swiesebaby24) March 27, 2020
Well-wishes poured in from her Beavers family.
On a recent episode of the Talkin’ Beavers podcast, Wiese told Beavers Insider Ron Callan she was overseas playing for AE Sedis Bàsquet when she found out she would have to travel back to the U.S. immediately. An agreement between her and the team allowed her to leave prematurely due to the international uncertainty.
"I woke up randomly in the middle of the night to text messages and updates because that's when President Trump placed the travel ban that was going to go into effect in 48 hours,” Wiese recalled. “This came a couple of hours after our league decided to postpone.
"It hurt my heart because I loved the team I was with, I loved my coaches, I loved Spain."
Wiese is expected to take the court for her fourth season with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. In 2019, she averaged 4.8 points,1.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 32 appearances.
The LA Sparks released a statement following Wiese's announcement.
Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from playing overseas in Spain. She’s been in self-isolation at home in Phoenix since her return and is encouraging everyone to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus. The Sparks are in direct communication with Sydney and wish her a speedy recovery.
In her four-year career at Oregon State, Wiese was a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and set a conference record of 373 three-pointers. She helped lead Oregon State to the NCAA Tournament all four years, including two second-round appearances, a Sweet 16 and the women’s Final Four in 2016.
Listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast below to hear more from Wiese on her experience in Spain.