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Tracking coronavirus in sports: James Dolan tests positive

A general view of the arena during a game between the Winnipeg Jets and Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on November 11, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The spread of coronavirus has impacted the sports world in more ways than one. Unfortunately, many of those who work in the industry have tested positive themselves.

The postponement of sporting events was meant to prevent the spread of the virus, but COVID-19 has nonetheless reached players, coaches and staff of various teams.

Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert testing positive for coronavirus was only the first shoe to drop, and more positive tests have been reported since then.

Here’s a list of those in the sports world — that we know of — who have tested positive for the virus as the health and wellness of people around the world is at stake:

New York Knicks — owner James Dolan

The Knicks announced on Saturday night that team owner and Madison Square Garden Company executive chairman James Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus. He is experiencing “little to no symptoms” and will continue to oversee business operations while in self-isolation.

Colorado Avalanche — A second unidentified player

The Avalanche announced Saturday that a second player tested positive for the coronavirus. A statement from the organization said he is in self-isolation. Other players and staff who may have come in close contact with him have been informed and are isolated.

Colorado Avalanche — Unidentified player

The Avalanche announced Thursday that a player tested positive for COVID-19. The organization’s statement said the player has recovered and is back to normal.

Jason Collins, former NBA player

Former Nets big man Jason Collins, who also played for five other teams, announced Tuesday that he has coronavirus.

Ottawa Senators — A second player

The Ottawa Senators announced that a second player had test positive for the virus.

Boston Celtics — One player

The Celtics announced Thursday that a player tested positive.

Guard Marcus Smart later announced that he is the player.

Los Angeles Lakers — Two players

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Thursday that two members of the Lakers tested positive.

The Lakers first got tests done in response to other organizations having players test positive who they had recently played.

Charania notes that more Lakers players might now get tested following the news.

Philadelphia 76ers — Three people

A statement from the Sixers said “certain individuals” in their organization, including players, coaches and staff, were tested. Three results came back positive for COVID-19.

New Orleans Saints — Head coach Sean Payton

Saints head coach Sean Payton told ESPN he has coronavirus and then acknowledged it on his own twitter account.

Denver Nuggets — Member of the organization

The team announced that a member of the Nuggets organization tested positive for COVID-19. They were symptomatic and in self-isolation.

Cincinnati Reds — Arizona-based staff member

The Cincinnati Reds acknowledged Wednesday that an Arizona-based employee tested positive. The Reds have their spring training facility in Goodyear, just west of Phoenix.

Ottawa Senators — Unidentified player

The Senators announced Tuesday that a player tested positive for COVID-19. The player’s identity was not revealed. One of Ottawa’s last games before the NHL paused its season was on March 7 at San Jose — the building where an employee tested positive as well.

Brooklyn Nets — Kevin Durant and three others

The Nets announced on Tuesday that four of their players had tested positive for coronavirus, and that one was showing symptoms while the other three were not. One of those players was revealed to be star Kevin Durant.

San Jose Sharks — Unidentified arena employee

On March 12, the San Jose Sharks revealed that a part-time employee at their home arena, the SAP Center, had tested positive for COVID-19. “We have been informed that this employee is recovering and feeling better,” their statement said.

Detroit Pistons — Christian Wood

The Pistons’ Christian Wood tested positive, Charania reported on Saturday, March 14. “Sources say Wood has shown no symptoms and is doing well,” Charania wrote.

Utah Jazz — Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell

Gobert’s positive test rocked the sports world when it delayed the start of an NBA game and was immediately followed by the league suspending operations immediately on March 11. That turning point soon led to the postponement or cancellation of just about every major professional North American sports league.

Gobert’s teammate Mitchell also reportedly tested positive for the virus.


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