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Donovan Mitchell's father and the last team to play the Utah Jazz test negative for coronavirus

By Ryan Miller, | Posted - Mar. 13, 2020 at 9:32 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — All members of the Toronto Raptors' traveling party — players, coaches, staff, etc. — have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, the team announced on Friday.

The Raptors were the last team to play the Utah Jazz before Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell both tested positive for COVID-19.

The team said that tests occurred on Wednesday upon hearing of Gobert’s diagnosis. The result for one additional person is still pending, the team said.

“Those asked to self-isolate by Toronto Public Health will continue to do so,” a Raptors press release said. “We will all practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, and — most importantly — carefully monitor our health.”

That’s what the Jazz players will be doing as well.

Utah’s traveling party — sans Gobert and Mitchell — immediately met with Dr. Angela Dunn, the state epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), upon returning to Salt Lake City on Thursday to get instructions on how to safely and comfortably engage with their families and communities after being exposed to the virus. The instructions include trying to limit time in the public and attempting to stay at least six feet away from people.

Also on Friday, the New York Mets announced that Mitchell’s father, Donovan Mitchell Sr., tested negative for the virus. Mitchell Sr. is the Mets' director of player relations and community outreach. He was tested on Thursday after his son's positive test.

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