Coronavirus: NBA legend Patrick Ewing reveals positive Covid-19 test


The lead coordinator of the White House coronavirus task Force, Deborah Birx, said Friday the area leads the country in the percentage of positive tests and has not seen the decline that other states have reported. "This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly", the 57-year-old tweeted. No one else in the school's basketball program has tested positive to date, the school said. The statement did not reveal the extent of how severe Ewing's case of COVID-19 is, or how he might have contracted the virus.

"I'll be fine and we will all get through this", Ewing said.

While Ewing is now in the hospital with the disease, it appears as though he is stable and is being properly isolated from other people.

He also urged his supporters to take the virus seriously and look after themselves.

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The former Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic center was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ewing is entering his fourth season as the Hoyas' head coach and has compiled a 49-46 overall record (19-35 Big East). Knicks owner James Dolan also tested positive for COVID-19 in late March.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Patrick Aloysius Ewing played 17 seasons for three teams in the National Basketball Association - 15 of those for the New York Knicks, with whom he went to the finals twice, losing in 1994 to the Houston Rockets and 1998 to the San Antonio Spurs.

Wing had guided the Hoyas to three Final Fours and the 1984 NCAA tournament title as a player.