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Utah Jazz Players & Staff Cleared of Coronavirus

Utah Jazz Players & Staff Cleared of Coronavirus Photo: TT
Rudy Gobert (27) looks to make a pass during a NBA game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers

The Utah Jazz have released a statement confirming that all staff and players, such as Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, whom tested positive to coronavirus have been cleared.

The Jazz issued the statement on Friday more than a fortnight after the NBA was suspended indefinitely when Gobert tested positive before a match against Oklahoma City Thunder.

Gobert was joined by Mitchell and several unidentified team-mates in testing positive to COVID-19, while all club staff and players were self isolated and quarantined for the 14-day period.

The Jazz statement read: “Fourteen days after being tested for COVID-19, all Utah Jazz players and staff have completed their respective periods of isolation and quarantine and have been cleared by the Utah Department of Health (UDOH).

“The UDOH has determined that all Jazz players and staff, including Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert who tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, no longer pose a risk of infection to others.

“Jazz players had been in quarantine or isolation since the last-minute postponement of their game in Oklahoma City and the NBAs subsequent suspension on March 11.”

It is some good news amid the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic, which has gripped the United States of America.

The current NBA season, which were due for playoffs to run from mid-April to mid-June, remains in limbo.

Utah forward Georges Niang said: “I don’t know what is going to happen with the regular season, but when they’re ready to play we have to be ready to play.

“Nobody is going to use the excuse that we were quarantined or anything like that. We have to be ready to go.”

Ben somerford
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