SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Mitchell is the second Jazz player to test positive for COVID-19. Rudy Gobert came back with a positive test on Wednesday, which led the NBA to suspend its season.
In a statement, the Utah Jazz confirmed that a second player (Mitchell) had tested positive for the virus. The good news is that he was the only member of the Jazz traveling party — which includes broadcast members, team staff, coaches, etc. — to also test positive for the disease.
"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 statement said. "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."
In an Instagram post, Mitchell thanked everyone for reaching out and encouraged the public to continue educating themselves on the new virus.
"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 posted.
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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 stated he is going to follow the advice of the Jazz medical staff.
"(Hopefully), we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help," Mitchell said.
Mitchell and Gobert remained in Oklahoma while the rest of the Jazz returned to Utah on Thursday.
"We have been in constant and proactive contact with the NBA, including Commissioner Adam Silver, and other league officials as well as state medical officials and experts in both Oklahoma and Utah," Larry H. Miller Group CEO Steve Starks said. "Our team's medical staff is recognized among the best in the world at what they do, and they remain focused on the affected players and others who may have been exposed."