Donovan Mitchell Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A second Jazz All-Star has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports (via Twitter) that guard Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the coronavirus.

Jazz players and team personnel were quarantined in their locker room on Wednesday night following Rudy Gobert‘s positive coronavirus test and the postponement of their game with the Thunder. Coronavirus tests were conducted on the club’s staff and players, including Mitchell, at that time before they were permitted to leave the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

According to Wojnarowski, Jazz players have privately said that Gobert had been “careless in the locker room” this week, “touching other players and their belongings.” We don’t know that Gobert contracted the virus before Mitchell, but it’s still not a good look for the Jazz center, who also made light of the coronavirus crisis on Monday by going out of his way to touch every microphone and recorder in front of home following a session with the media.

Fortunately though, the coronavirus wasn’t spread widely across the Jazz locker room. Mitchell was the only one of 58 Jazz players and personnel who were tested on Wednesday night to be diagnosed with the virus, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter). The remaining tests came back negative. The Jazz confirmed as much this morning in a press release.

While the Jazz are the first team known to have affected players, they may not be the only club impacted by the outbreak, since they’ve played several other clubs within the last two weeks. Reports on Wednesday night indicated that players from teams that have played the Jazz in the last 10 days were advised to self-quarantine. That list of clubs includes the Cavaliers, Knicks, Celtics, Pistons, and Raptors.

The Raptors, who played the Jazz most recently (Monday), had members of their traveling party, including players, tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday night and announced today that they’re awaiting results. All of Toronto’s players, coaches, and traveling staff have been instructed to go into self-isolation for 14 days, according to the team.

The Wizards, who faced Utah on February 29 and the Knicks on March 10, have advised players and staff members to self-quarantine for the next three or four days out of “an abundance of caution,” the team announced today.

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44 thoughts on “Donovan Mitchell Tests Positive For Coronavirus

      • realistnotsucker

        It’s over blown the percentage of people dying are low Those that are, are obese or old

        • What about those going through cancer treatment or pre-existing condition. You are not a very good person making excuses and have no care in the world that people are dying. Shame on you.

          • Major Factuh

            I think the point being made is that just because you get the virus, it’s not a death sentence.

            • Curtisrowe

              Gobert touched people. So in all seriousness basketball players touch each other, all the time. Shut it down or play, but don’t blame individuals.

          • All American Johnsonville Dogs

            People going through cancer treatments or pre existing conditions are also capable of dying from the common cold and flu. NBA isn’t shutting down it’s season cause of those.

            Airplane airlines don’t clean their planes cause of flu or common cold which kills people.

            The hypocrisy is unreal. Highest estimates 650000 people die from flu out of 80 to 100 million cases. Nobody talks about taking precautions against that.

            Get a hold of yourselves. It’s not that big of a problem unless you’re a kid, elderly, or immune system is shot, which many things could kill you that people dont seem to care about as much as coronavirus.

            If anything this should be a reminder you should take care of yourselves to do what you can to not get sick. Good nutrition, making sure you’re getting nutrients.

            • Major Factuh

              Yes, why is it taking this for people to practice good hygiene??? It’s mind blowing.

            • So in other words, only be concerned if you have kids or you are a human being and have parents or grandparents. Gotcha

        • So just because the percentage of people dying is low, we shouldn’t talk about it? And sickness affects everyone differently. Even something as “common” as the flu affects people differently; one sick person might “recover” from it in a few days and another might take weeks to fully recover from it. Being ignorant about it is just as stupid as going into full panic mode.

        • bklynny67

          The percentage of people dying is nearly 3 times higher than people who get the flu. What are u even talking about? You’re clueless.

      • 123Redsox

        Each person that has died in the United states has had pre existing health conditions, been over age 60 and living in a nursing home.

        Between 1 and 3% of the people that get the virus die.

    • bballblk

      Who knows? Lots of freakishly tall and long guys like Gobert have underlying heart conditions or health compromises of some sort. They’ll probably recover, but it’s not certain.

      • zpgreen

        What most people fail to understand is that the data we currently have is extremely flawed as testing to this point has been flawed. Not only were the original test kids inconclusive, but people were only tested if they had multiple symptoms and had either traveled to China or had a doctors recommendation for the test. That process was in place until about a week ago. It is highly likely the number of cases out there is ten fold or even 100 fold of what is currently confirmed. With that in mind, the mortality rate seems high now only because of flawed data. The mortality rate of this virus is actually likely to be lower than the common flu because COVID-19 is not affecting children hardly at all. The only group that is at serious risk is the elderly with underlying conditions.

        Hiflew, you are part of the hysteria problem that feeds into mass chaos resulting in toilet paper, hand sanitizer and water not being available because you read a couple articles about some unfortunate deaths and then do no further research and just spout off on the internet criticizing others as if they are immoral for not overreacting.

        • Fartface Wilson

          I get what you’re saying but also by that logic the mortality rate could be even worse as well…. Hundreds of deaths could have be attributed to another cause or even simply the common flu because as you said test kits were inconclusive but I know you probably read a couple articles and did your research. Let the dude be scared if he wants to be scared.

          • phillyballers

            So they’re reporting confirmed cases only at this time. That’s my understanding. We’re talking about total confirmed cases and confirmed deaths from confirmed cases.

            • Fartface Wilson

              Yea the statistics are all based on confirmed cases. Any time they say presumptive positive it means tested positive but not confirmed by CDC. Once CDC confirms the case it’s then added to the statistics.

        • x%sure

          zpgreen prefers slanting statistics to telling the truth because he blames truth for hysteria. Thus, nothing he says can be taken seriously.

        • hiflew

          I have done more than read a couple of articles. I have spent the last 2 years of my life researching historical pandemics, mostly relating to the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak for my MA in medical anthropology. I am not an expert yet by any means, but I think I have a little bit more handle on the situation than just reading a couple of articles.

          Teaching people to take adequate care of themselves during a crisis situation is not hysteria. People like you minimizing the danger of crisis situations is far more damaging than people getting scared.

    • I think people emphasise the wrong aspects of the virus to validate their fears and similarly emphasise the wrong aspects as proof to desmiss those fears. The death and recovered counts arent the most important stat with corona virus, as said before the death rate is very low when accounting for controls like “average health for a set age or age range”, and as expected the recovery rate is strong and shows this can be controlled eventually, if not sooner then what we saw in china. However there is cause for concern, enough so that contigency plans get activated, and it justifies the viruses dominance of the daily news cycle. Anytime a strain of virus occurs in china and in what 2 months (maybe) is already showing up halfway around the world is enough to warrant the attention and coverage the corona virus has gotten. The viruses ability to spread is a major factor when determining its threat level and appropriate response. The Spanish flu was just “a particularly bad case of flu” that killed tens of millions of people. Some of the problems higher at risk patients will see are purely condition and health related. Many however are not, the flu highlights not just the weaknesses of your individual health but also the short comings of society’s social saftey nets and healthcare. Developing nations with more poverty, less developed infrastructure (of any type) less means to address these issues are going to have higher death rates lesser success. if you fall within these demographics regardless of your country you can expect greater risk of adverse health outcomes.

      • El Don

        Covid-19 can never ever be as bad as Spanish Flu, that is for sure! So don’t panic keep calm! What is the worst that can happen?

  1. goldenmisfit

    This is not surprising being Rory tested positive as well. When that news broke I had a feeling the reason is because he probably had family there and they were from France so Laurie got infected and Donovan got infected from Rory. By the end of the day we may hear more Utah players testing positive.

  2. victorg

    damn Rudy needs to come out with an VERY SINCERE apology , and the NBA needs to fine him IMO.

    • braveshomer

      yeah I thought he was getting beat up too bad about this…until I saw the video of him joking around touching misc. Obviously nothing malicious was intended, but he could’ve been more cautious knowing he was just sick. Just an unfortunate incident and he’s gonna be blamed relentlessly. Let’s not forget he’s sick as well, but he definitely could’ve been more cautious

      • phillyballers

        His teammates also PO’d about him doing it with their stuff in the locker room. People are quick to forget, but this is one of those historical pivot points for the virus in this country if it persists and the deaths rise. If it goes to the 75 to 150M cases as some predict, carrying a 3.68% mortality rate is 2.76 to 5.52 million people. The hope is that the mortality rate dips even as the rise in cases continues.

        Everything is extrapolation at this point. Like clicking the button to adjust stats to 162-games on baseball reference and Keston Hiura will hit 36 Hrs and 94 RBIs with 17 SBs in 2020.

      • victorg

        him touching the MICs and then touching peoples personal stuff was over the line and he should be fined especially since his stunt is going to cost the NBA hundreds of thousands in medical treatment for his team mates.

        • ThePeople'sElbow

          or a swift kick to the nads. Who the **** spreads germs like a ****tard anyways. And to be so brazenly cavalier – karma is a the most just ruler of the universe.

          If I licked my co-workers equipment I’d be getting pulled into HR.

          Can’t fix stupid.

  3. showty

    wat will be apoligize for… not takin it serious… lots of pple do that until sum1 dies!!! it’s not like he knew he had it…. but an apology wouldn’t be frowned upon….i dont think

  4. The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla

    If Rudy truly was doing what they said, well, have fun playing out the rest of your career in the French Exhibition League Rudy.

    Nobody will want him in their locker room.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      I can’t imagine that Mitchell will want to remain teammates with Gobert if he was the one who gave him the virus after being so blatantly careless.

  5. illowa

    This gives march madness a whole new meaning. No more sports of any kind is going to take some getting used to for a few weeks. Maybe i’ll check out Nascar, haven’t heard anything from that neck of the woods yet.

  6. iamoldboy

    So many assumptions by the media that Gobert was the source. Careless idiot, yes, BUT he may have just gotten sick quicker. The media should be ashamed by placing this on Gobert. Stoopid fkn people.

    • victorg

      he would not have any of the blame if he would have not done the many careless actions in some lame attempt to be cool … oh i am too cool to care hahahahahaha look at me i dont give a darn about no virus … and so yeah rightly so he is catching the blame.

      • iamoldboy

        Never said the blame wasn’t warranted, I attacked the ASSUMPTION he was the initial carrier.

  7. ThePeople'sElbow

    also not really assumptions at this point. Dude gets sick. Dude tests positive for covid-19. Dude touched a bunch of stuff that wasn’t his. Now DM tests positive for Covid-19.

    pretty sure that makes Rudy the source for this outbreak.

    But go ahead Stan and leave Rudy alone. Please!

    • x%sure

      Gobert’s the poster boy for a casual, disrespecting, denial attitude. The detective work needed to find a provable source is just a psycological crutch for some… for me it’s that he gets deported. The Jazz get some capspace!

  8. Curtisrowe

    Gobert touched people. So in all seriousness basketball players touch each other, all the time. Shut it down or play, but don’t blame individuals.

  9. Baileyg3rd

    This all started with Houston in China, (1) China drop the billion dollars deal (2) Kobe was a pawn in this diabolical scheme (3) Enlighten me how the leader of the Free world will not get tested (4) Now on to the real problem (5) Free Mason : this message was approve by China.

    It’s the End of the World as we Know it

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