List of players, teams to test positive for coronavirus

A running timeline of how COVID-19 or the coronavirus has directly impacted players and teams across U.S. sports:

July 9

North Carolina State says five people tied to Wolfpack sports have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said Thursday those positives came after the school tested 315 athletes, coaches and staff starting May 29. That’s a positive rate of roughly 1.6%.

N.C. State athletic director Boo Corrigan had announced in early June that the school had begun a schedule of allowing athletes to return in phases to campus.

July 8

North Carolina says it will pause football workouts for at least a week. That came after 37 positive results among 429 tests administered to UNC athletes, coaches and staff as they returned to campus in phases starting in June.

July 7

Two members of Louisville’s men’s basketball program test positive for COVID-19 and the team suspends voluntary activities for two weeks.

July 6

FC Dallas has withdrawn from the MLS is Back tournament in Florida after 10 of its players tested positive for the coronavirus.

Major League Soccer says that of the 557 players sequestered at a pair of Walt Disney World hotels, 13 have tested positive. Ten of them play for Dallas, two for Nashville and one for Columbus. None of the players was named.


Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo tests positive for COVID-19, though the team says the All-Star right fielder is asymptomatic. Gallo initially took a saliva test as part of the team’s intake process June 27, and got a positive result two days later. The 26-year-old Gallo took a nasal swab test on June 30 which came back negative, but then had another saliva test that came back positive Sunday.


Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process.

Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.


Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says outfielder Kole Calhoun and relief pitchers Junior Guerra and Silvino Bracho have tested positive for COVID-19.

Lovullo added that the 32-year-old Calhoun is asymptomatic and feels good.


The San Francisco Giants say two more people with the team are positive for the coronavirus following intake testing. The Giants did not specify whether the two are players, coaches or other staff.

San Francisco prospect Hunter Bishop and pitcher Luis Madero, in the 60-player pool, had already tested positive.


In tests conducted of 137 WNBA players between June 28-July 5, seven players have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The announcement came as players and staff from 11 of the 12 WNBA teams were expected to arrive at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to prepare for the season.

The Indiana Fever delayed their travel by at least five days in an abundance of caution due to the CDC’s close contact self-quarantine requirements. Two players on the Fever were among the seven positive tests.


Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for the coronavirus. The American was playing in the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament in Atlanta and was tested after feeling symptoms during his match. He withdrew from the event the following day and said he was following the recommended quarantine protocol.

July 5

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez reveals that two of the team’s 60 players tested positive for the coronavirus during intake testing. Before being allowed in the stadium, the players must show negative results.

Two Nationals players have already opted to skip the 2020 baseball season amid coronavirus concerns.

July 4

Braves announce that the team had four players test positive for COVID-19: first baseman Freddie Freeman, left-hander Will Smith, right-hander Touki Toussaint and utilityman Pete Kozma. The players will be placed on the designated COVID-19 injured list. They can return after testing negative twice at least 24 hours apart and after being 72 hours clear of a fever.

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Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced.

July 3

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the first race of his career. Johnson, 44, was tested Friday after his wife, Chandra, tested positive for the disease.

NASCAR said in a statement that for Johnson to return, he has to be symptom-free and have two negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart.


Thirty one players were positive for COVID-19 in Major League Baseball's first round of coronavirus testing, the league and players' union announce. Seven staff members also tested positive.

The 38 positives represent 1.2% of 3,185 samples collected for the first set of results.

The positive tests occurred among 19 of the 30 teams, according to results of the samples sent to the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in South Jordan, Utah.

July 2

Three Georgia Tech athletes and three athletic department staff have tested positive for COVID-19, an institute spokesman confirmed to the AJC Thursday. Citing privacy concerns, the institute did not share more information about the identities of the six. About 160 Yellow Jackets athletes have been tested for the coronavirus since the athletic department began its voluntary workout program on June 15.

July 1

Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton says forward Jabari Parker has been cleared to end his self-isolation following a positive test for the coronavirus. Walton also spoke to Parker about handling himself in public after photos surfaced last week of the forward playing tennis without a mask following his positive test.

Center Alex Len and guard Buddy Hield also announced they contracted the coronavirus, and Walton says all three are “doing much better” while being tested every other day. No players have told Walton they don’t want to take part as the Kings (28-36) prepare to play their final eight games in Orlando beginning at the end of this month.

June 30

Pelicans general manager David Griffin says three New Orleans players test positive for COVID-19 and will be in self-isolation until testing shows they can return to team activities without infecting others.

The positive tests occurred on June 23, the first day all members of the team were tested as part of the NBA’s plan to restart the season, which was suspended in mid-March because of the pandemic. Griffin says the Pelicans have had no players test positive since.

June 29

Brooklyn Nets starters Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan say they have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Dinwiddie said he tested negative for the virus multiple times after returning to Brooklyn and took part in a couple practices. But he has since tested positive and said he has a fever and chest soreness.

Neither player is expected to join the team as the NBA resumes its season in Florida next month.

At least six players on the Nets have tested positive for the virus. The other four were back in March, when Kevin Durant said he was one of them.


Harris English is the fifth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus.

The positive test for English was part of the pre-tournament screening process at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. English did not play last week at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.

Since its return to golf, the tour had no positive tests the opening week in Texas; one positive test in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and three positive tests — plus two positive tests for caddies — in Connecticut.


The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus.

The four cases among those tested at team facilities and 11 more testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol are additions to 11 others who have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8.


Arizona pauses bringing additional athletes back to campus for voluntary workouts as a precaution amid a massive surge of coronavirus cases in the state. The school had one positive test among 83 student-athletes who had already returned to campus for voluntary workouts. That person is going through the athletic department’s protocol.


New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen says one player on the team’s 40-man roster has tested positive for the coronavirus, in addition to multiple minor leaguers. The GM said none of the positive tests occurred at the club’s regular spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.


Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer says two staff members have COVID-19 and were experiencing mild symptoms. Hoyer says no players have tested positive or opted out of this season because of concerns about the coronavirus, nor have any coaches.


Austin Peay has suspended voluntary workouts and closed its facilities after a cluster of positive tests for the coronavirus among its athletes. The Governors currently have 11 athletes who have tested positive. The FCS-level school in Clarksville, Tenn., did not identify the sports involved.


Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill says a player who was asymptomatic has tested positive for the coronavirus. Hill didn’t identify the player, but said he “feels great” and will go through MLB protocol to join the team.

June 26

San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi says 22-year-old minor league center fielder Hunter Bishop has tested positive for the coronavirus and has mild symptoms.

June 22

Two Wisconsin student athletes test positive for COVID-19 during initial on-campus testing in Madison, Wis.

June 19

The Philadelphia Phillies say five players,  three staffers test positive for COVID-19 at Clearwater, Fla., facility.


The National Hockey League says 11 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8.


Clemson reports that 28 people — 23 of them on the football team — were found with COVID-19 since testing began for athletes and other personnel on June 8. The school said all were asymptomatic and in isolation for at least 10 days. No one has been hospitalized.


Kansas State pauses workouts after 14 of the 130 athletes tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.


At least one-quarter of LSU's football team was in quarantine, according to Sports Illustrated, after 30 of the 115 players on the reigning college football championship team heave either tested positive for COVID-19 or were found to have had contact with those who tested positive.

June 18

An Atlanta United first-team player tests positive for COVID-19, the team announced without naming the player.

Atlanta United said the player was asymptomatic and has been observing isolation protocols since receiving the result.

Atlanta United began individual workouts May 6 with restrictions. MLS announced clubs could return to full team workouts June 4 as it prepares for a resumption of the season in Orlando, Fla.


Inter Miami says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus. The player was not identified.

At least five MLS teams have had at least one player test positive since league play was stopped in March.


With three players already in self-isolation after positive cornavirus test results, Texas announces that 10 more may have the disease after further testing.

Four more players have tested positive for the antibody of COVID-19, and 10 others are self-quarantining after contact tracing measures were taken.

In all, about half of the 58 players Texas brought to campus in two groups for voluntary workouts have been afflicted by the coronavirus.


Michigan State’s athletic department says it conducted COVID-19 testing on 124 athletes, and one tested positive and will be isolated for 10 to 14 days.

One Michigan State athlete did not report to campus after testing positive at home.


Michigan says the school has had two positive tests on athletes, out of 221 tests.

June 17

NFL safety Kareem Jackson is the second Broncos player to test positive for the coronavirus. (Linebacker Von Miller revealed in April he had the coronavirus.)

Jackson, who is from Macon and was a first-round pick out of Alabama, had flulike symptoms, chills and congestion, the NFL Network’s James Palmer tweeted.

Jackson says he participated in a march protesting racial inequality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

June 16

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliot tests positive for the coronavirus, his agent confirmed to the NFL Network.

Elliott, according to the Dallas Morning News, has spent at least part of the offseason working out in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with quarterback Dak Prescott, former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and other NFL players.


Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone reveals he had coronavirus symptoms in late March but was not tested until an antibody test conducted by the NBA in May revealed he indeed had contracted the disease.

The Nuggets (43-22) are among the 22 NBA teams finishing up the season next month in Orlando, Fla.


A football player at West Virginia tests positive for the coronavirus, the school said on the first day of voluntary workouts.

The school’s athletic department said in a statement that contact tracing identified other football players who could have been exposed to the athlete. Both the player who tested positive and the others he may have been in contact with will isolate themselves for 14 days, the statement said.


A Major League Baseball letter obtained by The Associated Press says several players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

June 13

Iowa State University confirms 10 student athletes, including two on the football team, test positive for COVID-19. None, the Ames, Iowa, school says were participating in team activities.

June 12

Two Clemson football players and a men’s basketball player test positive for the coronavirus, the South Carolina school reported.

Clemson conducted 128 tests on football and basketball players after players on those teams resumed voluntary in-person workouts.

those players testing positive and their possible contacts will be isolated.


The University of Houston suspends all voluntary workouts on campus after six test positive for COVID-19, with symptoms. Houston reopened its facilities on June 1.

June 11

Five Alabama Crimson Tide football players test positive in the first round of coronavirus testing conducted Friday, June 5, at the Tuscaloosa campus. Six days later, three more Crimson Tide players test positive for the virus in the second round of testing bringing the total number of players in quarantine to eight.

June 10

Two Texas football players test positive for coronavirus while a third tests positive for the COVID-19 antibody.

Texas brought in 58 players this week to the Austin campus that is otherwise closed to students. One of them presented symptoms during pre-screening and was tested before arriving. The other two were tested during the on-campus screening process.

All went into self-isolation.


One player and three caddies on the PGA Tour’s developmental Korn Ferry Tour test positive for the coronavirus.

The PGA Tour says it administered 1,559 tests for the PGA Tour event in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Korn Ferry Tour event in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The positive results were from saliva tests done at home. The tour recommended — but did not require — that players and caddies take tests before traveling to the tournament.

The tour did not disclose the names of those testing positive.

June 9

Multiple student-athletes at Boise State University test positive for COVID-19 after some teams started returning to the Idaho campus for workouts.

Citing privacy laws, the university declined to say how many or what sport those athletes played, the Idaho Statesman reported. Members of the football and women's soccer team returned to campus last week.


At least one player on the Florida State football team tests positive for COVID-19. The Tallahassee, Fla., school cited privacy laws in providing specifics on the exact number of players testing positive.


Three UCF football players in Orlando test positive for COVID-19 after returning to campus for voluntary workouts, the school reported.

The three Knights players — among the initial group of 60 players allowed back for workouts — were isolated for two weeks.

June 8

Three Auburn football players test positive for the coronavirus, WSFA reported. The players were tested Friday, June 5, as part of the team's plan to bring student athletes back to campus for practice.


Texas Tech reports positive tests for COVID-19 within the men’s basketball program. The Lubbock, Texas, school would not reveal the number of players, but says they were in isolation.


The University of Iowa says that one of 237 tests among students, coaches, and staff returns positive for COVID-19.

June 7

Boxer Mikaela Mayer tests positive for the coronavirus two days before she was to take part in a boxing card in Las Vegas.

“It came as a complete surprise,” Mayer, 29, wrote on Instagram.

June 4

Seven Arkansas State University student-athletes test positive for the coronavirus, according to the Jonesboro, Ark., school. The students, who are athletes across three sports, went into self-isolation for 14 days.

June 2

South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin says he has recovered from a case of COVID-19.

Martin, who had not previously disclosed his condition, said he was prepping for a knee replacement surgery in early May when he was diagnosed with the virus. He immediately went into quarantine at his home.

The 54-year-old Martin said he had no significant symptoms of the virus other than some fatigue. Two weeks later at a follow-up visit, a coronavirus test came back negative.


Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga says he tested positive for COVID-19 after he attended a protest in Tulsa, Okla.

Two other players, not identified, also tested positive, according to the school.

Ogbongbemiga made the announcement in a Twitter post.

The 21-year-old Ogbongbemiga says he protected himself during the protest over racial injustice and police brutality.

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“Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe,” he wrote.

June 1

Two Marshall football players and one staffer test positive for the coronavirus, the school announced, as voluntary football workouts restart at the Huntington, W.Va., campus.

The school said the three were asymptomatic and had not taken part in activities yet, as players returning to campus are required to be self-isolated for seven days while receiving COVID-19 tests.

It is note believed the cases are related.

May 22

Patrick Ewing, the Hall of Famer who is now a coach on Georgetown men’s basketball team, says he tested positive for COVID-19.

Ewing, 57, was “isolated” under medical care at a hospital in the Washington area.

April 16

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is the second active NFL player to acknowledge testing positive during the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened more than 2 million people worldwide.

Miller told KUSA-TV in Denver that he developed a cough and when his nebulizer for his asthma didn't clear things up, he decided to get tested for the coronavirus and the test came back positive.

Miller, 31, said on a conference call a week before that he trained in San Francisco before returning home to Colorado when the stay-at-home measures went into effect to contain the virus. He is uncertain how he came in contact with the virus.

April 15

Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen says he tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago.

Allen, 24, is the first active NFL player to acknowledge testing positive during the coronavirus pandemic.

The third-year pro is not hospitalized and is “feeling good,” according to a statement issued by the Rams on only after Allen spoke to Fox Sports about his positive test.

Allen became the team’s starting center last season. He played in nine games before missing the rest of the year with a knee injury.

April 1

A player on the Philadelphia Union tests positive for coronavirus. It is Major League Soccer’s first player case of the virus that has caused the suspension of the season.

The Union did not identify the player. He reported mild symptoms.

MLS suspended all league and team activities March 12.

March 28

James Dolan, the executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks, announces he has tested positive for the coronavirus. It is not clear when he was tested or when he received the diagnosis.

“He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations.” the Knicks said in a statement.

The NBA has been shut down since March 11. More than a dozen players or persons affiliated with the league have tested positive for the virus.

March 26

The Colorado Avalanche announce one of its players has previously tested positive for COVID-19. The team did not name the player and publicly reported the results only after the player had recovered from virus symptoms.

March 23

The Boston Red Sox minor league player tests positive for COVID-19.

The player’s positive test occurred following his return home from spring training in Florida. The Sox said he was last at Fenway South March 15. The Red Sox kept the player’s name confidential and believe he contracted the virus after leaving spring training.

March 19

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, 56, confirms a positive test for the coronavirus.

Payton is the first known person in the NFL to test positive for the illness.


Celtics guard Marcus Smart announces via Twitter that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Smart says he was tested five days prior and had been self-quarantining since.

Smart’s positive results brings the number of persons associated with the NBA to have the coronavirus to at least a dozen.


Two members of the Los Angeles Lakers test positive for the coronavirus.


In a statement, the Philadelphia 76ers say that three tests administered to "players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff," return positive for COVID-19. The team did not name those affected nor distinguish if the positive results were for players, coaches or staff. The team says all individuals are in self-isolation under medical supervision.


The American East Conference announces that two people on the floor during recent tournament games test positive for the coronavirus.

The conference and the Collegiate Officiating Consortium issued a joint statement saying the games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11.

The teams involved were Maine at Vermont (Burlington, Vt.); UIC vs. Wright State; (Indianapolis); Manhattan vs. Fairfield and Manhattan vs. Siena (Atlantic City, N.J.).

March 18

Jeremy Klawsky, the video coordinator for the Georgia football team, was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. Klawsky was last on campus March 6. He was treated at an Athens hospital.


An employee who works year-round at the Reds spring training complex in Goodyear, Ariz., tests positive for the coronavirus, but no Cincinnati players have been diagnosed with the illness.

The employee was in contact with Reds staff and players from Feb. 29 to March 14 and is self-quarantined in Arizona. Some Reds employees who were in Goodyear and had contact with the infected employee were tested as a precaution.

Jim Day, a Fox Sports Ohio broadcaster, was among those tested as a precaution. He participated in the team’s weekly “Hot Stove League” show by calling in from self-quarantine at home.

March 17

Four Brooklyn Nets players, perennial All-Star Kevin Durant among them, test positive for the coronavirus. The team announced that one player is exhibiting symptoms, while the other three are asymptomatic. All four players and members of their travel party have been isolated and are under the care of team physicians.

“The health of our players and staff is of the highest priority to the organization and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible,” the Nets added in a statement.

Brooklyn last played on March 10 in Los Angeles, beating the Lakers. The Nets were then to face the Golden State Warriors two nights later in San Francisco — a game that was to be played without fans — before the NBA season was suspended.

Durant hasn’t played with the team this season. He is rehabbing from a ruptured Achilles suffered during the 2019 NBA finals.


An unidentified NHL player tests positive for the new coronavirus.

The Ottawa Senators announced one of their players has mild symptoms and is in isolation.

Ottawa is notifying those who came in contact with the player and have told other members of the team to monitor their health and seek advice from the medical staff.


A second New York Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Associated Press reports.

While Major League Baseball canceled the rest of the spring training schedule last week and has delayed opening day until mid-May at the earliest, Yankees major league players have remained in the area and continued to work out at Steinbrenner Field.

March 15

The Seattle Sounders say a member of the team’s support staff is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

The team says the staff member worked the club’s match against Columbus on March 7, but did not become ill until four days later. The team said the individual did not have access to the general public and “only had access to the team in controlled areas during the game.”


A New York Yankees prospect becomes the first known player affiliated with MLB to contract COVID-19. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said a “younger player” was affected in Tampa, Fla., without identifying him. Cashman said the player “feels much better” and his symptoms had subsided, but he was still isolated.

“He did not have any interactions with our major league players,” Cashman said on a conference call.

The Atlanta Braves faced the Yankees in Tampa, before spring training games were called off, a week earlier.

March 14

Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood tests positive for the coronavirus. Wood's diagnosis is known one week after he played against the Utah Jazz, matching up to Rudy Golbert, who was the first NBA player known to test positive for the virus.


Cleveland State women’s basketball coach Chris Kielsmeier tests positive for the coronavirus.

CSU, in a statment released Saturday night, says Kielsmeier is the first confirmed case of the virus at the school.

Kielsmeier said in the statement that it has been a very challenging couple of days and that he is beginning to feel better and looks forward to getting back to 100%.

March 13

The XFL says an unidentified player with the Seattle Dragons has tested positive for coronavirus.

The fledgling football league says the player reported his symptoms to team medical staff on Tuesday and has been in quarantine ever since.

The league says the player participated in the Dragons’ March 7 game against the Roughnecks in Houston and a Feb. 29 game against the BattleHawks in St. Louis. He was asymptomatic at the time.

The XFL canceled the remainder of its season, which had five weeks left.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and guard Donovan Mitchell  have tested positive for the coronavirus.  Gobert's test result forced the NBA to suspend the season.

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March 12

Utah Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell becomes the second player on the team to test positive with the virus. Mitchell repeatedly said he showed no symptoms or signs of the virus and has been in quarantine ever since being diagnosed.

March 11  

Rudy Gobert is the first NBA player to be diagnosed with novel coronavirus.

Just two days earlier, Gobert joked with reporters by touching recorders and microphones following a formal interview. The interview with Utah Jazz center seated at a table was done after the four major professional sports league adopted a policy limiting locker room access because of the concern of spreading COVID-19.

After Gobert's diagnosis, the NBA decided to postpone the remainder of the season.

Gobert provided fans with a health update on the NBA Twitter account and said he's been feeling a "little better every single day."

He added that he wished he had taken the virus “more seriously.”

This article contains information from the Associated Press.