Marcus Smart announces he has tested positive for coronavirus, isn’t showing symptoms

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The Celtics announced Thursday evening in a statement that a player has tested positive for coronavirus:

The Boston Celtics learned today 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.

Minutes later, Marcus Smart revealed in a Twitter video that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“So I just found out I tested positive for the coronavirus,” Smart said in the social media post. “I’m okay, I feel fine, 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 others by helping protect yourself.”

Smart joins several other NBA players that have tested positive for the virus in the past week. Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert are among the players that have publicly disclosed their diagnosis, while other unnamed members of the Nets, Nuggets and Lakers organizations have tested positive.

The Celtics are awaiting other test results on other personnel. The entire organization took the test on Saturday after facing off with the Jazz on March 6, just days before Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.