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Gov. Herbert and Lt. Gov. Cox release statement on Utah Jazz player testing positive for COVID-19

Posted at 10:16 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 09:10:01-04

SALT LAKE CITY — This evening, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox were informed that a player on the Utah Jazz has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while in Oklahoma City, and that the team is being screened as a precautionary measure. The NBA also announced it has suspended the season following tonight’s games.

The governor and lieutenant governor have released the following statement:

“We wish this player a full and speedy recovery, and appreciate the work of health officials in Oklahoma to test a member of the Utah Jazz for COVID-19, as well as their prudent decision to test the entire team at this time.

The preliminary positive result came back just before tip-off of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City game, and we have been in touch since that time. The preliminary result will now be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.

We are working closely with the CDC and the NBA to gather more information on this case. We, along with the Utah Department of Health, are actively working to identify how long the patient has been experiencing symptoms, and are working to identify individuals who have had close enough contact with the player as to have been potentially exposed.

For now, we urge individuals who think they may have been exposed to contact their healthcare provider via phone call or telehealth service, particularly if they are experiencing symptoms.”

More information will be released as it becomes available.