NBA: Rudy Gobert, all Jazz players, staff clear of COVID-19

Published March 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Agence France-Presse

Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to test positive for coronavirus, and all Utah Jazz players and staff have been cleared of coronavirus (COVID-19) by the Utah Department of Health, the club announced Friday.

In this file photo taken on December 04, 2019 Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert signs autographs after warm ups, before a NBA game against Los Angeles Lakers in Salt Lake City, Utah. - The NBA will suspend play starting on Thursday after a Utah Jazz player preliminarily tested positive for the new coronavirus, the league said March 11, 2020. The test result was reported shortly before Utah's game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City was to begin, and that game was abruptly postponed. The NBA did not name the player who had tested positive, but several US media outlets reported it was French defensive standout Rudy Gobert, who was listed first as questionable for the game and then as out with illness. (Photo by GEORGE FREY / AFP)
In this file photo taken on December 04, 2019 Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert signs autographs after warm ups, before a NBA game against Los Angeles Lakers in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by GEORGE FREY / AFP)

It was Frenchman Gobert testing positive for COVID-19 just before a game on March 11 at Oklahoma City that prompted the NBA to shut down the season, with his teammate Donovan Mitchell also testing positive.

Players and staff members completed a 14-day isolation and quarantine period and no longer pose a risk of infection to others, according to the state health department.

Clearance typically involves two negative tests for coronavirus that are taken at least 24 hours apart.

Jazz players had been in quarantine or isolation since March 11, staying in touch through video chat links.

Jazz players and staff will continue to practice distancing and limit time outside of their homes to essential activities, following guidelines from the NBA and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Jazz news comes a day after Detroit’s Christian Wood became the first publicly known NBA player to be cleared after testing positive for coronavirus on March 15.

Wood, the third NBA player to test positive after Gobert and Mitchell, had been matched against Gobert in a game against the Jazz just before the Frenchman’s positive test.

 
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