The first case of COVID-19 in the Oklahoma City area was confirmed earlier tonight.
Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the novel coronavirus Wednesday evening. The Jazz were scheduled to take on the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but the game was postponed just before tipoff. Prior to game time, Gobert was listed as out due to illness. He was never at Chesapeake Arena on Wednesday, according to ESPN NBA writer Royce Young.
In response to Gobert contracting the coronavirus, the NBA announced Wednesday night it would suspend the remainder of the regular season until further notice.
Jazz players, coaches and team personnel will remain quarantined in Oklahoma City until clearance is given by Oklahoma and Salt Lake City public health officials, according to ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.
Thunder players and staff were tested for fever but allowed to leave the arena, Young reported Wednesday night. Players and staff of teams who have played the Jazz over the past 10 days are being asked to self quarantine.
Known commonly as the coronavirus, the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Wuhan, China in late 2019. As of late Wednesday night, more than 126,000 coronavirus cases and 4,633 coronavirus related deaths were reported worldwide. More than 1,000 cases have now been reported in the United States.