Georgetown basketball coach and former New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing is "isolated at a local hospital" after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released Friday from the Georgetown athletic department shared on Ewing's Twitter account.
"I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19," Ewing said in the statement. "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. 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."
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, 57, is the only member of the Georgetown program who has tested positive for the virus, according to the athletic department's statement. The number of COVID-19 cases in Washington D.C. has been falling, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Ewing joins a list of sports figures who have publicly shared that they tested positive for the coronavirus that also includes New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and New York Knicks owner James Dolan, among others.
Ewing is entering his fourth season as Georgetown's coach with a 49-46 record. He launched his coaching career as an NBA assistant after retiring as a player in 2002. Ewing was an 11-time NBA All-Star after helping the Hoyas win the 1984 national championship and is regarded as one of the program's top players of all-time.