Russell Westbrook announced via Twitter on Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the Rockets' departure for the league's Walt Disney World bubble, and that he is currently quarantined.
"I tested positive for covid-19 prior to my teams departure to Orlando. I'm currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared," Westbrook said in a statement. "Thank you all for the well wishes and continued support. Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up! #whynot"
As NBC Sports NBA insider Tom Haberstroh noted, Westbrook is the fourth 2019-20 All-Star to publicly disclose testing positive for COVID-19, along with Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert, whose positive test shut the league down on March 11. Westbrook's teammate James Harden is also reportedly not currently with the team in Orlando, but there hasn't been official word on why.
All 22 teams participating in the season restart arrived in Orlando by July 9, and practices tipped off over the weekend. Inter-squad scrimmages are set to begin July 22, and the eight-game regular season resolution on July 30.
Per the NBA's Health and Safety protocols, Westbrook will need to isolate until he is asymptomatic, produces two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart, and passes a medical evaluation by an NBA-designated consulting infectious disease physician before rejoining the Rockets for team activities in the bubble. He'll also undergo cardiac screening before returning to play.
And as if all of that wasn't enough for Houston, ESPN reported Monday that Rockets forward Bruno Caboclo (accidentally) broke quarantine guidelines.