Both of Karl-Anthony Towns’ parents have now tested positive for coronavirus, the Timberwolves and their star’s agent told ESPN.
Towns revealed late Tuesday night that his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, was in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator after her condition had been “deteriorating,” he said in an emotional Instagram video. Cruz had coronavirus symptoms and eventually tested positive, the team confirmed.
Towns said his father, Karl Sr., had not been feeling well and was also in the hospital before being released. The New Jersey native’s agent, Jessica Holtz, told ESPN on Wednesday that Karl Sr. had in fact tested positive for COVID-19, but that he was “recovering well” and finishing up his quarantine.
The 24-year-old Towns, who had previously donated $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic to help with testing, pleaded for the public to take the virus seriously.
“This disease needs to not be taken lightly,” Towns said in the Instagram video. “Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don’t be in places with a lot of people; it just heightens your chances of getting this disease and this disease … it’s deadly. It’s deadly. And we’re going to keep fighting on my side, me and my family, we’re going to keep fighting this. We’re going to beat it. We’re going to win.”