Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, rest of Jazz players cleared for coronavirus, team says

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Utah Jazz players and personnel were all cleared by the Utah Department of Health after they were initially tested late on March 11 for COVID-19, the team said.

Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, who both tested positive for the coronavirus, are also cleared. Gobert’s positive test resulted in the postponement of the NBA season as the Jazz were taking the court to play.

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All are determined to have no risk of infection to others. It’s been 15 full days since the tests were administered to the entire Jazz team and traveling party while they were in Oklahoma City for that March 11 game. Sporting leagues and events began to shut down throughout the following days.

Gobert apologizes for being careless

Gobert apologized for his carelessness in the days after the positive test and urged the public to take it seriously. He said his condition was improving the weekend after the diagnosis, but tweeted last weekend that he had lost his sense of smell and taste during that time.

NBA players begin to be cleared

Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood is “feeling great and fully recovered,” his agent said Wednesday. He still had to pass medical tests to be officially cleared, but was expected to do so the next day.

The Pistons announced on March 14 that a player had tested positive. Wood’s agent, Adam Pensack, said it was Wood. The Pistons hosted the Jazz days before Gobert’s positive test, though there’s no certainly when or where Wood contracted the virus.

The Brooklyn Nets announced on March 17 that four players had tested positive. Kevin Durant told reporters later in the day he was one of them. The Boston CelticsMarcus Smart said he tested positive.

Three from the Philadelphia 76ers organization and one from the Denver Nuggets have also had the coronavirus. Those were all announced March 19 and cannot be cleared until April 2 at the earliest, if the tests were conducted on the same day.

Rudy Gobert and his Jazz teammates were cleared for the coronavirus. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Rudy Gobert and his Jazz teammates were cleared for the coronavirus. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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