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Report: Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert Tests Positive For COVID-19

Mar 11, 2020, 7:32 PM | Updated: 8:39 pm
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Rudy Gobert #27 and Emmanuel Mudiay #8 of the Utah Jazz speak during the game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on January 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
(Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oka. – Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus disease, otherwise known as COVID-19, according to Stadium’s Shams Charania.

Gobert was ruled out of the lineup with an undisclosed illness for the originally scheduled game between the Jazz and Thunder on Wednesday, March 11.

The Jazz released a statement saying, “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,” the Jazz continued. “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.”

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier who is a friend of Gobert’s and a fellow countryman from France tweeted that he’d spoken with the Jazz center and “he is doing good.”

Following the announcement of the game being postponed, the NBA announced that the league was suspending all games until further notice.

“The NBA is suspending gameplay following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” read part of the league’s statement.

Gobert was replaced in the starting lineup by Tony Bradley prior to the game.

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