DETROIT (WXYZ) — A freelance cameraman for professional sports teams in Detroit is in an intensive care unit and placed in a medically induced coma after he tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Kelvin Calhoun was inside the Utah Jazz locker room for postgame interviews on March 7th following their game against the Detroit Pistons.
Since then, Jazz franchise player, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19 which suspended league play.
A friend told 7 Action News on Thursday, Calhoun came down with symptoms a week after interviewing the superstars in inside Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit.
Calhoun's sister said via telephone that her brother checked himself into the hospital on March 17th and was placed in a medically induced coma twice and kept on a ventilator.
A spokesperson for the Pistons' organization said they are monitoring the situation and their thoughts and prayers are with Calhoun and his family.
Calhoun was contracted by Olympia Entertainment to provide coverage of the game, according to his colleagues.
The company said in a statement:
During this public health crisis, our priority is the well-being of our colleagues. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot share the health status of any of our colleagues, but our thoughts are with all those who are being directly impacted by this virus. We are staying in close contact with colleagues and offering support and resources that we have available.
A GoFundMe page was set up to assist with medical expenses.
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