Patrick Ewing Says He Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

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Patrick Ewing, the Knicks nice who’s now teaching the Georgetown University males’s basketball staff, introduced on Friday night that he had Covid-19, the illness brought on by the coronavirus.

“This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing stated in an announcement from the college’s athletic division. “I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”

The assertion stated that Ewing, 57, was “under care and isolated” at a hospital within the Washington space and that he was the one individual within the males’s basketball program recognized to have examined optimistic.

As of Friday evening, not less than 5.1 million instances of the coronavirus had been confirmed all over the world, and not less than 335,000 folks had died in the course of the pandemic. A handful of N.B.A. gamers are recognized to have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, as has James L. Dolan, the proprietor of the Knicks.

Ewing’s analysis got here as many states had begun enjoyable restrictions in an effort to restart their economies and return to normalcy after shutdowns related to the pandemic.

The N.B.A., which suspended operations on March 11, started permitting golf equipment to open amenities for socially distanced, voluntary exercises about two weeks in the past however has not decided when it’s going to stage video games once more.

Ewing not too long ago concluded his third season teaching at Georgetown, his alma mater. He has compiled a report of 49-46. He had not too long ago been within the highlight due to the ESPN documentary sequence “The Last Dance,” which detailed a few of his battles within the playoffs with Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.