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UPDATE: 7:50am-- 

9:45 p.m. PT UPDATE: More than four hours after the Thunder and Jazz were scheduled to tip-off, the Jazz remain in Chesapeake Energy Arena as the team waits for their test results. ESPN's Royce Young is reporting that the Jazz will stay at the arena and could be busing home from OKC to Salt Lake City.  

In a shocking development to hit the NBA, Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus. 

In the wake of the latest news, the NBA has suspended its season.

It was a wild scene in Oklahoma City before the Thunder and Jazz game.


Wednesday's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena in OKC was postponed after players were sent back to the locker room prior to tip-off.  

Right as it seemed the game would start, OKC’s public address announcer told the Thunder crowd that the game would be postponed "due to unforeseen circumstances."

Team officials went back to the locker room after starting lineups were announced with officials leaving the floor before the announcement was made.

ESPN's Royce Young explained what happened next:

There was concern raised with both Jazz big man Rudy Gobert and Jazz guard Emmanuel Mudiay listed as out due to illness prior to Wednesday’s game.

Plus, there is the fact that Gobert touched reporters microphones just days ago while trying to make light of the coronavirus outbreak.

After fans had left, the arena's custodial staff was seen disinfecting the Jazz bench.

In the wake of the spread of COVID-19, the NBA will close its doors to fans, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

After a call with the NBA's Board of Governors where they reached a consensus on the league's season going forward without fans attending games.

The league was entertaining the idea of postponing the games, as well. But, it was a less popular option.  

Adam Silver was expected to make the decision to bar fans from NBA arenas official Thursday. 

COVID-19 has affected over 124,000 people worldwide and accounted for 4,584 deaths. More than 1,000 cases are confirmed in the United States.