Georgetown head coach and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Twitter on Friday afternoon.
Ewing, 57, is currently “under care and isolated” at a local hospital.
“This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing said in a statement. “I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines.
“I’ll be fine and we will all get through this.”
I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/a2fMuhIZyG— Patrick Ewing (@CoachEwing33) May 22, 2020
Ewing played in the NBA from 1985-2002, most notably for the New York Knicks after they selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in 1985. He spent 15 years with the organization, picking up 11 All-Star nods, before wrapping up his career with one-year stints in both Seattle and Orlando. Ewing was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ewing was hired at Georgetown in 2017 following 14 seasons as an assistant coach for numerous teams in the league. He’s compiled a 49-46 overall record in three seasons with the Hoyas, and led them to a 15-17 record this season before play was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ewing, per the school, is the only member of the men’s basketball program to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
There were more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States as of Friday afternoon, according to The New York Times, and nearly 96,000 deaths attributed to it.
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