Another NBA team has been hit by COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that is quickly spreading across the world. The Brooklyn Nets have had four players test positive, the team announced in a press release sent out moments ago.
As of now, we do not know the identities of the four Nets. The NBA has been suspended since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive test. His teammate Donovan Mitchell was the second player to test positive. Mitchell says he has no symptoms, driving home one of the major concerns about the virus’ spread.
Over the weekend, Detroit Pistons breakout player Christian Wood also tested positive. He had 30 point games in his last two appearances, including one against the Jazz. He has been in self-quarantine since Wednesday.
Like many young, healthy people, most athletes who have tested positive are asymptomatic. That is the case for three of the four Nets, per the team’s release. All four are currently being isolated. More, from the Nets:
The Nets announce that four players tested positive for COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/S0kAztSG8g
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) March 17, 2020
Brooklyn last played a week ago, on Tuesday, March 10. That night, the team scored a big upset win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, 104-102.
Just a few days ago, Nets center DeAndre Jordan revealed that the entire team was set to be tested this week.
Just ran into DeAndre Jordan at Whole Foods, he says he thinks the entire Nets team is getting tested for COVID-19 tomorrow.
— Maggie Gray (@MaggieGray) March 13, 2020
Per the press release, the team is reaching out to people known to have contact with the players. The virus is extremely contagious, and can spread even from asymptomatic carriers.
New York has seen a pretty large outbreak, with over 800 residents of the city testing positive as of earlier today. New Yorkers may be ordered to “shelter in place” in the next few days, mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier today.
We’ll have more as it comes out about the COVID-19 situation around sports.