His announcement came shortly after the league postponed the Grizzlies–Timberwolves game on Friday due to coronavirus issues within Minnesota’s team.
Towns, whose family has been devastated by the virus, said he will “immediately isolate and follow every protocol.”
“I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions,” Towns said.
Towns lost his mother and several other relatives to the virus. In his statement, he expressed concern for the health of his father and sister.
President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas says it is “heartbreaking” that Towns tested positive, especially with what the Towns family has been through with COVID-19, ESPN’s Malika Andrews tweets.
“It’s a lesson for all of us. Basketball is a microcosm of society right now…this virus is powerful,” Rosas said.
Rosas confirmed two players have tested positive and another is out due to contact tracing, Andrews adds in another tweet.
The Timberwolves previously announced that power forward Juan Hernangomez would isolate for at least 10 days due to health and safety protocols and that point guard Ricky Rubio would miss Friday’s game due to those regulations. The postponement suggests that Minnesota’s COVID-19 issues may have worsened.