NBA Star Karl-Anthony Towns catches coronavirus months after losing mother to virus

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SACRAMENTO, CA - FEBRUARY 3: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on February 3, 2020 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Karl-Anthony Towns has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he revealed in a social media statement on Friday. 

“Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID,” the Minnesota Timberwolves star began in a statement posted to Twitter and Instagram. “I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol.”

As a result of his positive test, the Timberwolves’ Friday evening game against the Memphis Grizzlies was postponed. In his statement, the 25-year-old athlete called on his fans to take the virus seriously and “stop the spread.”

“I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all the necessary precautions,” Towns wrote. “We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us.”

His girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, wrote a supportive message in the comments section of his Instagram post. “Praying for you baby. You got this. God’s got you,” she shared.

PEOPLE