Child Gets Coronavirus After Autograph From Rudy Gobert
A child reportedly tested positive for coronavirus after coming in contact with Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert.
An elementary school student from Rhode Island who is said to have attended a Jazz vs Boston Celtics game that occurred on March 6 now has COVID-19, it seems.
Officials confirmed the news to NBC 10.
Just one day earlier, Celtics officials released a statement suggesting that it was unlikely that Gobert was contagious while at TD Garden.
“Last night, it was learned that a player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19, and a second case has been reported this morning. The Celtics played the Jazz on Friday, March 6,” the Celtics said.
“We have been in constant communication with our Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials, including Larry Madoff MD of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Department.
“Specific to the news about the Utah players, the DPH has advised us that based on those players’ health statuses during this period, it is unlikely that anyone from the team came into contact with them while they were contagious.”
The NBA player has been identified as Rudy Gobert https://t.co/yA2nmd0XQz
— Sam Read (@NBC10_Sam) March 13, 2020
It will likely be impossible to ascertain whether the child’s coronavirus came from Gobert or someone else.
This week, Gobert released a contrite statement apologizing for his carelessness in dealing with the coronavirus.
“The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered,” he said in the statement. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected.
“I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus.”
The NBA came out recently and said that Gobert would not be subject to any sort of punishment for his actions.