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March. 13, 2020
Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell
Two Utah Jazz players who tested positive for the novel COVID-19 have updated supporters via social media regarding their current state of health.
Rudy Gobert, a French all-star center, wrote: "I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis ... mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment."
He also tendered an apology for an incident with the media that he said came before he knew he was infected.
Gobert was touching journalists phones after an interview
The second player, Donovan Mitchell, posted on Instagram that he had a positive test.
"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 wrote.
Gobert, after a Monday news conference, was seen playfully touching journalists' microphones and phones before leaving his table. This was 48 hours before he was tested positive, and after the NBA had placed restrictions on the interactions between players and the media.
While not specifically referring to the incident, Gobert wrote on social media that he needed to apologize to people he might have put in harms way.
"At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus," he wrote.
Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response,Dr. Stephen Redd, said at a Senate committee hearing last week that, depending on the type, the novel coronavirus can linger of surfaces from hours to up to a day.
The video does not show whether media members wiped down the equipment after Gobert touched them.
Meanwhile, at least four teams that recently played the Jazz, the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards -- say their players and staff have been advised to be put under self-isolation as a precautionary measure.
The NBA made several stunning decisions on Wednesday, starting with suspending the Jazz's game with host Oklahoma City Thunder right before tipoff, after learning a Jazz player tested positive for the virus.
The league announced not long afterward that it would suspend the season after that night's games had concluded.
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