NBA All-Star Donovan Mitchell recently tested positive for coronavirus not long after his teammate, Rudy Gobert, was the first reported NBA player to have tested positive for COVID-19.
Since the report of Mitchell’s positive test, the Utah Jazz star commented on how things are with his situation involving coronavirus.
Mitchell posts online about coronavirus situation
In an Instagram post on his @spidamitchell account, the third-year NBA star thanked all of those who have reached out since the news of his positive COVID-19 test.
“We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them,” Mitchell said on his IG post.
He added his appreciation for the authorities in Oklahoma who helped out with the testing process.
That testing took place on Wednesday evening in OKC as news of Rudy Gobert’s positive test came out, postponed the Jazz vs. Thunder game, and ultimately brought the NBA season to a halt.
“I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help❤️🕷,” Mitchell ended his post caption with.
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Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test. We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them. I appreciate the authorities in Oklahoma who were helpful with the testing process and everyone from the @utahjazz who have been so supportive. I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help❤️🕷
Mitchell’s post has received an outpouring of fan support with over 300,000 likes and nearly 18,000 comments as of this report.
Among those who commented on the post are Jazz teammates Mike Conley and Emmanuel Mudiay, Portland Trail Blazers player Rodney Hood, and retired NBA star Dwyane Wade.
Players were thought to have contracted COVID-19 during Cavs visit
As far as when and where Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert contracted coronavirus, there appeared to be an answer or at least some speculation about that.
Per Chris Fedor’s tweet, there was a “current belief” by Cavs medical people that the two NBA All-Stars contracted COVID-19 while visiting Cleveland for their March 2 game against the Cavaliers.
#Cavs medical people have been in touch with the Utah Jazz, sources tell @clevelanddotcom and their current belief — emphasis on belief — is that Rudy Gobert & Donovan Mitchell contracted coronavirus after their visit to Cleveland on March 2. No Cavs players have shown symptoms
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) March 12, 2020
However, Fedor provided a later update about the situation on Cleveland.com.
In that report, Fedor mentions that league sources said: “Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell did not have coronavirus at the time they visited Cleveland on March 2.”
In addition, the report said (via sources), “there is no indication that the virus was passed that night.”
That information is based on conversations involving the Cleveland Cavs and Utah Jazz medical personnel as well as Cavs doctors and public officials. The Cavs organization has also been monitoring players and staff, per Fedor’s report.
The Jazz won that game 126-113, with Mitchell and Gobert each playing for 34 minutes. Teammate Bogdan Bogdanovic, who led the way with 28 points, also spent that much time on the court for the game.
Gobert and Mitchell are the only two Utah Jazz players to have tested positive from their team for the coronavirus.
However, per Adrian Wojnarowski, Jazz players reportedly said that Gobert was recently “careless” around teammates in the locker room touching their items.
There is even a viral video going around from a recent media session where Gobert jokingly touched audio recorders and microphones before leaving the room.
Right now, it appears none of the Cleveland Cavaliers players have shown symptoms of the coronavirus, and there were no tests administered.
There appear to be no plans to administer tests unless symptoms of COVID-19 appear in Cavs players or others associated with the team.