Patrick Ewing has tested positive for coronavirus, and is sharing his diagnosis to raise public awareness.
The Georgetown coach is under care and isolated at a local hospital, the school’s athletic department said in a statement.
“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” the Knicks legend and Basketball Hall of Famer said. “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.”
Ewing, 57, emphasized that he’ll be OK, and he is the only member of the program to contract the novel coronavirus.
“Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines,” Ewing said. “I’ll be fine and get through this.”
The diagnosis comes days after the NCAA lifted its moratorium on workouts, allowing voluntary on-campus activities to resume on June 1. On Friday, the SEC announced student-athletes can begin using school facilities beginning June 8 with strict supervision, though the Big East — the Hoyas’ conference — has yet to reveal any plans.
Georgetown struggled to a 15-17 record in 2019-20, Ewing’s third season running his alma mater’s basketball program, with its season coming to an end with a loss to St. John’s the day before the Big East canceled its remaining tournament games over the coronavirus pandemic on March 12.