Utah Jazz Star Donovan Mitchell Reportedly Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Oliver VanDervoort

It didn't take long for the number of Utah Jazz players who have tested positive for coronavirus to go from one to two. It's likely not going to stop there either. On Thursday morning, it was announced that Donovan Mitchell is the second member of the Jazz to test positive. Mitchell is teammates with Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to come down with the virus. It was Gobert's positive test that led the NBA to suspend the season just as the Jazz were set to take on Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news on Twitter saying the league sources told ESPN earlier this morning.

"Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN. Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings. Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive."

Wednesday night's postponement followed a day when various sporting events were either changing plans, or talking about changing plans. The Ivy League announced it had canceled all spring sports and was looking for an extra year of eligibility for its players.

The NCAA announced it would still hold the March Madness tournament, but isn't going to allow fans to attend. Several college conferences are copying that behavior for their own postseason tournaments.

For a while, and almost simultaneously while the NBA was postponing its season because of the Utah Jazz team being exposed to the virus, Nebraska basketball fans thought their own head coach, Fred Hoiberg, might have the disease as well. Hoiberg had to leave the Huskers game early and was rushed to the hospital. It was later determined he had influenza. The question now is, with Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert testing positive, how many more Utah Jazz will become infected and how much has it spread throughout the NBA?

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