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Patrick Ewing confirms positive test for coronavirus

Jamaican basketball legend, Patrick Ewing, has announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The NBA Hall of Famer, New York Knicks legend and current head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team confirmed his diagnosis in a statement on Friday evening. He is being isolated and is receiving hospital care.

In that statement, released via Georgetown’s website read, “I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly.”

He added,  “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 the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I’ll be fine and we will all get through this.”


Ewing, a Georgetown alum, has been coaching the school where he first made his name as player since 2017. This after a series of NBA assistant head coaching jobs since his retirement from the league in 2002, including the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets.

The 57-year-old Ewing is a Kingston native and widely regarded as one of Jamaica’s greatest sporting exports.

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