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Utah Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and the rest of the Utah Jazz staff have been cleared of the coronavirus by the state's health department.

The team received the good news on Friday. Neither player was hospitalized, though Gobert said he briefly lost his sense of taste and smell.

Mitchell took to his Instagram page to share the happy news with his followers. Even though he is cleared and he can't pass the virus on to others, he said he will stay home to ease the fears of the public.

The NBA cancelled the rest of the season after Gobert tested positive. Mitchell tested positive the next day, while the rest of the Jazz players and staff tested negative.

According to the USA Today, Oklahoma City health officials took 58 tests kits to Utah's Vivant Center to test the players and staff on site because the health department considered it a "public health decision."

Other NBA players who tested positive include 2 unidentified Lakers players, as well as Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, 3 unidentified Philadelphia 76ers players and 3 unidentified Nets players. The Denver Nuggets also reported one member of their organization tested positive.

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Utah Jazz teammates Donovan Mitchell (left) and Rudy Gobert have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. So far, they are the only members of the NBA team to test positive after all players and coaches were tested on Wednesday.

Mitchell, 23, revealed his diagnosis on Thursday, a day after the NBA suspended all games until further notice due to irrational fears over the viral outbreak.

Gobert, 27, announced he tested positive on Wednesday before the game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder. The game was cancelled before tip-off on Wednesday and the fans were sent home.

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The 7-1 center playfully touched every microphone in the press room to mock the NBA's coronavirus guidelines before testing positive for the virus.

Gobert was remorseful. "I was careless and make no excuse," he said in an Instagram post.

Sources tell The Athletica NBA that Gobert is "feeling good, strong and stable" - and was feeling strong enough to play on Wednesday.

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Mitchell issued a statement on Instagram.com, thanking everyone for positive messages.

"Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test," Mitchell wrote. "We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them."

Many took that last sentence as a subtle message to Gobert.

Mitchell added that he was following his doctor's medical advice. So far, he and Gobert show no symptoms of the disease.

Mitchell's father, Donovan Mitchell Sr., who works for the New York Mets, will be tested for the coronavirus. He most recently saw his son when the Jazz played the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 4. The virus has an incubation period of 2 to 14 days.

For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.
 

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A second Utah Jazz player has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus a day after the NBA suspended all games until further notice due to irrational fears over the viral outbreak.

Donovan Mitchell, 23, revealed he was diagnosed with the virus, joining teammate Rudy Gobert, who said he tested positive on Wednesday.

Gobert playfully touched every microphone in the room to mock the NBA's coronavirus guidelines before testing positive for the disease prior to Wednesday's game.

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Sources tell The Athletica NBA that Gobert is "feeling good, strong and stable" - and was feeling strong enough to play on Wednesday.

The National Hockey League and National Soccer also suspended their seasons.

Dr. Drew Pinsky blames irresponsible media reports for the unprecedented overreaction to the virus epidemic.

Dr. Drew is among the health experts who blame the news media for overhyping the Coronavirus while ignoring other threats such as the influenza epidemic which caused over 20,000 deaths in the U.S. since November.

Drew said the press needs to be held accountable for "hurting people."

For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.

So far, the majority of the 38 deaths in the US were people who were elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced it is suspending all games until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.

The NBA's decision is the latest overreaction to growing hysteria over the Coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. Drew Pinsky is among the health experts who blame the news media for overhyping the Coronavirus while ignoring other threats such as the influenza epidemic which caused over 20,000 deaths in the U.S. this year.

Drew said the press needs to be held accountable for "hurting people."

The Jazz's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday was postponed after the tip-off and the fans were sent home.

Gobert, 27, is a 7-foot-1 French national player who was drafted 27th overall in the 1st round in 2013.

He playfully touched reporters' recorders and microphones to mock the NBA's coronavirus guidelines before testing positive for the disease before Wednesday's game.

Sources tell The Athletica NBA that Gobert is "feeling good, strong and stable" - and was feeling strong enough to play on Wednesday.

For most healthy people under age 60, the novel coronavirus causes only mild symptoms such as cough, headache, sore throat and low-grade fever.

The virus can cause serious illness among the elderly population, particularly those with existing health problems such as heart and respiratory problems or diabetes.

So far, the 33 deaths in the US are elderly and chronically ill. The average age is 80.

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