Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart confirmed on Twitter on Thursday he is the Boston Celtics player who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
“I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive,” Smart tweeted. “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.”
The Celtics, who did not name Smart in a statement, said they, “learned (Thursday) that a player has tested positive for COVID-19. Testing was initiated because of exposure to a known positive case.
“The Celtics player, who is not exhibiting symptoms, has been in isolation for several days and will continue to do so while being monitored by team medical staff. The team is awaiting further testing results and will communicate them as appropriate. Taking steps to maintain the health and safety of everyone in our organization and across the NBA remains our top priority, and we will continue to work closely with health officials and the league in addressing this situation.”
That raises the number of confirmed NBA players who have tested positive to 10 – two from the Utah Jazz, one from the Detroit Pistons, four from the Brooklyn Nets, two from the Los Angeles Lakers and one from the Boston Celtics.
Three members of the Philadelphia 76ers organization have tested positive, and one member of the Denver Nuggets organization tested positive. But those teams did not say if a player was among the positive tests.
“I’m OK. I feel fine,” Smart said in a short video posted on Twitter. “I don’t feel any of the symptoms, but I can’t stress enough: practicing social distancing and really keeping yourself away from a large group of people and just really washing your hands and help protect yourself and help protect others by protecting yourself.”
Smart also had a message for a certain segment of the population: “The younger generation in our country MUST self distance. This is not a joke. Not doing so is selfish. Together we can beat this, but we must beat it together by being apart for a short while. Much love!!”
Sources from: USA Today