Hours after the NBA confirmed that Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz had tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN reports that Gobert's teammate, Donovan Mitchell, has also tested positive for the virus.
On Thursday, Mitchell confirmed the diagnosis in an Instagram post.
"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 said in his Instagram post.
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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 cam hours after the Jazz confirmed a second player had tested positive for the virus.
"As a follow-up to yesterday’s positive COVID-19 test, Oklahoma health officials tested all members of the Utah Jazz traveling party, confirming one additional positive outcome for a Jazz player," the team said in a statement. "We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials, and the NBA to monitor their health and determine the best path moving forward."
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Jazz players believe Gobert was acting "careless" in the team locker room. On Monday, Gobert jokingly touched reporters' microphones during a press conference.
This is the video of Rudy Gobert touching all the microphones and potentially infecting innocent people with Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/hqae652PLX
— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) March 12, 2020
The NBA suspended all games until further notice on Wednesday night after Gobert's positive COVID-19 test.