Jazz Remain Quarantined in Oklahoma City Following Positive Coronavirus Test

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IMarch 12, 2020

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The game scheduled between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz was postponed Wednesday night just before tipoff after a Jazz player preliminarily tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

ESPN's Royce Young reported that the Thunder have since left Chesapeake Energy Arena, but the Jazz have not.

"The Jazz will need to coordinate with Oklahoma and Salt Lake City public health organizations before they can return to Utah, per sources," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added. "For now, the team is quarantined in OKC."

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium was the first to report that Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert had tested positive.

Both teams were quarantined in their locker rooms, per Young, who provided detailed updates on what happened at the arena:

Royce Young @royceyoung

The situation as I understand it: Gobert was being tested pregame and the league wanted confirmation he didn’t have the virus before clearing the game to play. That’s why Quin Snyder initially said he was out, then it was changed to questionable. They thought he might play.

Royce Young @royceyoung

Prior to tip-off as the game was delayed, Chris Paul ran over to the Utah bench and said “what’s wrong with Rudy?” and they all yelled for him to get away. Now all the players are quarantined in their locker rooms, being tested for the virus.

Royce Young @royceyoung

I've been told that Rudy Gobert was never at the arena tonight, but he was in OKC. If he had been cleared of the virus, he was set to play.

Royce Young @royceyoung

The Thunder were lined up and had a fever test done, though. But did not have the coronavirus test done. As of 10:35pm CT, the Jazz has not been tested. They are currently in their locker room, according to sources, lined up with masks on, waiting to have the test administered.

The Jazz provided a statement confirming that a player on the team tested positive for the coronavirus but did not name Gobert:

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

The Jazz just released this statement: https://t.co/RkHPAPlX0P

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier relayed on Twitter that he has spoken to Gobert by phone, and he "is doing good":

Evan Fournier @EvanFourmizz

Was just on the phone with Rudy. He is doing good man. Lets not panick everyone. Love you all❤️

In the aftermath of Gobert's reported positive test and the Jazz-Thunder game's postponement, the NBA announced that all games will be suspended until further notice:

Coronavirus has infected over 118,000 people worldwide, according to CNN's live tracker, with over 1,200 confirmed cases in the United States. Close to 4,300 people have died.