The Cleveland Cavaliers were told to self-quarantine after news broke that Rudy Gobert, whom the team faced off with days ago, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Cleveland Cavaliers brought the reality of the coronavirus outbreak to the shores of Lake Erie last night, as the team was instructed to enter a self-quarantine in order to limit the potential spread of the virus. The team played the Utah Jazz on March 2, and it’s now come to light that Jazz player Rudy Gobert has tested positive for the disease. This means that every team the Jazz played for the last fourteen days, the Cavs and every team the Cavs played, and every team that those opponents played, will now be under some sort of observation.
This news broke around midnight Thursday morning, following the announcement of the NBA suspending their season. The NBA suspended play in the wake of Gobert’s positive test, as well as the fact that several teams wouldn’t be able to play for the next two weeks, due to the potential of quarantines. This followed just hours after Ohio governor Mike DeWine released plans to ban all fans from sporting events for the next few weeks as the spread of the coronavirus continues to envelop pockets of the country.
All NBA games are suspended for the foreseeable future, with the NHL unwavering (so far) in their desire to continue playing. Ohio State University and several other colleges have already canceled their spring inter-squad football games, and the NCAA basketball tournaments (as of right now) are still planning on taking place; albeit without spectators.
The Cavs players, their families, and friends will all be in some form of quarantine until everyone can be cleared of any positive tests.