By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Oklahoma Department of Health reported last evening that the NBA has announced that a player on the Utah Jazz, center Rudy Gobert, has been tested for COVID-19 and received a presumptive positive result.
This is still an ongoing investigation as public health officials are testing other players and staff who have been in contact with the player.
Those who were in attendance at the game are not at risk of catching COVID-19. As a reminder, COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets. Only individuals who are in close contact with a person with COVID-19 would be at risk of exposure.
The Utah Jazz organization said they are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials and the NBA to determine how to best move forward as we gather more information. The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City.
This prompted the NBA suspend season following Wednesday’s games, saying:
The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of Wednesday’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.
The NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel recognizes the fluidity of COVID-19 and its impact on hosting events in a public space. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in the United States, and behavioral risk mitigation strategies are the best option for slowing the spread of this disease. This is especially important because mildly symptomatic individuals can transmit COVID-19. Given these considerations, coupled with a more unfavorable outcome of COVID-19 in older adults – especially those with underlying chronic medical conditions – we recommend against sporting events open to the public. We do believe sport events can take place with only essential personnel and limited family attendance, and this protects the players, employees, and fans.
Universities going online
In-person classes were canceled or postponed at more than 100 universities by late afternoon Wednesday, according to a list maintained by Georgetown scholar Bryan Alexander.
Among them is Columbia University in New York. Virology professor, Vincent Racaniello tweeted: My Columbia virology class has been cancelled due to a virus outbreak! How ironic. But all the lectures will be posted so you can still learn online bit.ly/2RXGyoF the latest lecture, Infection Basics, is particularly relevant to SARSCoV2 and COVID19
Actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita are in Australia–the tweet says it all:
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