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Oklahoma used 60 percent of testing coronavirus capabilities on Utah

NBA, Jazz, Rudy Gobert

Rather than testing ordinary citizens, the state of Oklahoma used 60 percent of its daily test kits for the coronavirus on members of the Utah Jazz, according to a report from thedailybeast.com.

Via Robert Silverman of thedailybeast.com:

The 58 tests conducted represented 60 percent of Oklahoma’s peak daily capacity.

“We have the capacity to run about 100 tests a day,” said Cox. While the state is in the process of “reordering additional reagents,” as of now, they can perform 300 tests. Meaning: the Utah Jazz alone consumed 20 percent of Oklahoma’s total stock. Cox added that two private facilities capable of testing for COVID-19 were ready to go or would be up and running “soon,” he said. (The Department of Health did not respond to multiple requests for comment.)

The Jazz now have two confirmed cases of coronavirus. Earlier this week, center Rudy Gobert was diagnosed. His teammate, Donovan Mitchell, tested positive on Wednesday.

As a result of the growing concern surrounding this virus, the NBA has elected to suspend the 2019-20 regular season and has encouraged teams to start watching for COVID-19 symptoms. Most sporting leagues around the globe are taking similar steps, cancelling their seasons or restricting fan attendance.

At this point, it’s not clear when the NBA season will resume. In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Mavs owner Mark Cuban discussed the possibility of playing games in July and August. Whether or not that plan will come to fruition remains to be seen.