The Boston Celtics announced Thursday that an unnamed player on their team has tested positive for COVID-19:
Marcus Smart announced on Twitter he was the player who tested positive:
marcus smart @smart_MS3
I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive. Ive been self quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP https://t.co/xkijb9wlKV
COVID-19 has sickened at least 207,855 people worldwide, per World Health Organization figures from Thursday at 7:41 p.m. ET. At least 8,648 people have died.
The United States has at least 7,087 confirmed cases, and at least 97 people have died.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first person in the Association to receive an official diagnosis, and teammate and shooting guard Donovan Mitchell tested positive as well.
Elsewhere, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and three others have tested positive, and Detroit Pistons big man Christian Wood has as well. Two unnamed Lakers players received positive diagnoses, too.
The NBA suspended its season indefinitely on March 11 after the Gobert coronavirus test returned positive. A timeline for resuming play, which has just over a month left of regular-season games on the ledger before playoffs, is currently unknown.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that a "best-case scenario" was a mid-to-late June return, per thoughts from NBA owners and executives.