Patrick Ewing has tested positive for coronavirus and shares his diagnosis to raise public awareness.
The Georgetown coach is under care and isolated at a local hospital, the school’s athletic department said it in a statement.
“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” said the Knicks legend and Basketball Hall of Famer. “This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones. “
Ewing, 57, stressed that he will be fine and he is the only member of the program to get the new coronavirus.
“Now, more than ever, I want to thank the health workers and everyone on the front lines,”
The diagnosis comes days after the NCAA lifted its moratorium on training, allowing for volunteer activities on campus to resume June 1. On Friday, the SEC announced that student-athletes may begin using school facilities beginning June 8 with rigorous supervision, however, the Big East – the Hoyas’ conference – has yet to reveal any plans.
Georgetown battled for a 15-17 record in 2019-20, Ewing’s third season ran his alma mater basketball program, ending the season with a loss to the St. John’s the day before the Big East canceled his remaining tournament games over the coronavirus pandemic on March 12.