James L. Dolan, the Knicks Owner, Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

Written by on March 29, 2020

James L. Dolan, the proprietor of the Knicks, has examined constructive for the coronavirus, the crew introduced Saturday evening in a press release.

The assertion mentioned Dolan, 64, was in self-isolation however was “experiencing little to no signs.” He’s the primary proprietor within the N.B.A. publicly identified to have examined constructive for the virus, which has now prompted at the least 2,000 deaths in the US. No less than 10 N.B.A. gamers have additionally examined constructive for the virus, and the N.B.A. season has been suspended since March 11.

It was not instantly clear how or why Dolan was examined, given the shortage of accessible assessments in the US and in New York specifically. That a number of N.B.A. groups acquired testing, whereas these with much less monetary means and sometimes extra extreme signs couldn’t, has turn out to be a flash level within the wake of the season’s cancellation. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York made important feedback this month after the Nets introduced that 4 of their gamers had examined constructive, although just one had proven signs.

The guidelines issued by the New York City Department of Health “strongly recommends in opposition to testing individuals with delicate sickness who will be safely managed at dwelling, until a prognosis might affect affected person administration.”

However within the case {of professional} sports activities franchises, they usually have present relationships with medical facilities in addition to their very own crew medical doctors.

On March 18, per week after the season had been suspended, a spokesman for the Knicks mentioned: “We now have been following the suggestions of native and nationwide well being officers and proceed to watch our gamers carefully. As of now, with our gamers remaining asymptomatic, none of them have been examined for Covid-19. We are going to stay in shut contact with well being officers and the N.B.A. and N.H.L.”

A Knicks spokesman declined to touch upon Dolan’s check. Within the assertion, the crew mentioned Dolan continued to supervise enterprise operations.

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