Updated Mar 12, 2020 - Health

NBA suspends season after player tests positive for coronavirus

A detailed view of a coronavirus poster outside men's restroom prior to the game between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on March 11
A coronavirus information poster outside a restroom at the American Airlines Arena on Wednesday in Miami. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The NBA suspended all games Wednesday evening until further notice in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak after a Utah Jazz player returned a positive result for the virus in a preliminary test.

Why it matters: It's the latest in a wave of event cancellations as organizations seek to limit large gatherings over the global pandemic.

Details: The test result was reported just before Wednesday's game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Jazz, after which the game was subsequently canceled, the NBA's statement said.

  • "The affected player was not in the arena," the NBA added.
  • Neither the Utah Jazz nor the NBA identified the player, but the official injury report lists the team's players Rudy Gobert and Emmanuel Mudiay as out due to "injury/illness."

Of note: The National Hockey League said a statement that it's "aware of the NBA’s decision tonight to indefinitely suspend its season due to a player testing positive" to the virus.

  • "The NHL is continuing to consult with medical experts and is evaluating the options," the statement said. "We expect to have a further update tomorrow."

The big picture: There are more than 126,000 cases in over 100 countries and territories with more than 4,600 deaths. The U.S. has more than 1,300 cases as of 11pm ET.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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