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UPDATED: 1:23 p.m. ET, Feb. 28, 2021 —

After months of seeing the coronavirus ravage other parts of the world, COVID-19‘s widespread effect on the U.S. has increasingly hit home for many Americans as states see as a continuous stream of people become diagnosed with the respiratory illness that turned into a global pandemic. And after a brief spate of the fake news that Black people were somehow immune to contracting the coronavirus, a steady and troubling number of Black folks — including those who are notable and famous — have not only since been diagnosed but many have also died of complications from it.

Antoine Hodge, a respected and celebrated opera singer, died from COVID-19 on Feb. 22. He was 38-years-old. Hodge recently appeared in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 production of “Porgy and Bess.”

“My brother had opera singers’ lungs, and COVID destroyed them,” his sister told The New York Times. His family initially set up a GoFundMe to raise money for his treatment, however, the page is still open for donations.

Most recently, it was announced that NFL head coach Mike Tomlin had contracted COVID-19. Tomlin, 48, was one of multiple members of the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff to test positive for the virus, ESPN reported.

Without acknowledging the reports that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, Tomlin tweeted a statement on Feb. 22 thanking people for wishing him well.

“I want to thank everyone who reached out to express their concerns for my health,” Tomlin began his statement before adding later: “I’ll be back in the office soon.”

 

Tomlin’s and the other diagnoses have effectively shattered misconceptions about who can contract the coronavirus. Previously, it was believed that the elderly with underlying health conditions were most at risk. And while that remains true, there has seemingly been a surge of cases involving younger age groups and people who had no pre-existing health conditions before their COVID-19 diagnoses.

The cases don’t account for the reports of a growing number of Black people who have been diagnosed with or died of complications from the coronavirus that have seeming flooded this writer’s social media timelines as friends and others grieve their loved ones across the country.

One of the clearest indications that Black people could indeed contract the coronavirus came when it began to affect players in the NBA, a professional sports league that is made up of more than 74 percent of players who are Black. After that came announcements from celebrities who offered cautionary tales to the public about how they may have contracted the illness and ways to prevent others from repeating their errors.

The nation’s system of prisons and jails has also been affected, leaving the disproportionate number of Black inmates increasingly susceptible to the coronavirus. That was especially true in New York, including at the infamous Rikers Island complex where CBS News reported that at one point last year, the coronavirus infection rate was “more than seven times higher than the rate citywide and 87 times higher than the country at large.”

In addition, the nation’s police departments were at risk for the same reasons as the jails and prisons.

Scroll down to see a list of notable Black folks who have contracted the coronavirus as the world tries to flatten the global curve of cases to restore some semblance of societal normalcy. They follow in alphabetical order.

1. Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist

It was unclear how Bolt contracted the coronavirus, but CNBC reported that he celebrated hi 34th birthday last week “with a big bash mask-free.” Bolt took the COVID test the day after his party and soon learned he had contracted the respiratory disease. 

“Just to be safe I quarantined myself and just taking it easy,” he said.

2. Gil Bailey, radio pioneer

Gil Bailey, the radio broadcaster and personality known as “The G0dfather” died April 13. His death came from complications after contracting the coronavirus, according to Jamaica Observer. The native Jamaican rose to prominence on radio stations with Caribbean music programming in the New York City area.

3. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta mayor

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4. Herman Cain, former presidential candidate

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Herman Cain died July 30 at the age of 74 after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. The former presidential candidate, who was once considered by President Donald Trump for the Federal Reserve, was hospitalized in Atlanta on July 1, just two days after testing positive for COVID-19. Less than two weeks before receiving his diagnosis, Cain attended a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was surrounded by other attendees, none of whom were wearing a mask or protective gear.

5. Nick Cannon, entertainer

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Entertainer Nick Cannon is COVID-19 positive, according to a Feb. 3 report by Variety. The 40-year-old host of “The Masked Singer” was reportedly resting at home in quarantine and temporarily stepped down from his post on the show.

6. Ben Carson

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If this picture of Ben Carson and his wife could tell 1,000 words, chances are the first three might be, “wear a mask.”

Carson contracted the coronavirus, officials announced Nov. 9, a little more than a week after he was seen in this photo at a Trump rally not wearing any personal protective equipment. Again, Carson is a medical doctor.

Carson “is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery,” his spokesperson told ABC News at the time.

Carson, who is also a member of the president’s coronavirus task force, announced his diagnosis after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tested positive following a campaign event they both attended at the White House on Election Night.

7. Dave Chappelle, comedian

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Comedian Dave Chappelle was among a number of celebrities to contract the coronavirus, a reminder of the pandemic’s harsh effects on Black communities. A spokesperson confirmed his diagnosis with the Associated Press. He is said to have been asymptomatic and rested in isolation.

Since the onset of the coronavirus, Chappelle has held a series of socially distanced comedy shows in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. In an episode of “My Next Guest,” with David Letterman, Chappelle said the shows have helped revitalize the tightly knit community in a time of great despair. Because of the warmer climate, Chappelle opted to move the shows to Austin, Texas.

During a 2020 November episode of “Saturday Night Live,” where Chappelle served as host, he gave a timely, yet comedic analysis of the virus.

“Do you guys remember what life was like before Covid?” he said. “I do. There was a mass shooting every week. Anyone remember that? Thank God for Covid. Someone had to lock these murderous whites up and keep them in the house.”

A series of comedic appearances at the Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin was canceled for the indefinite future.

8. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman

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New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman announced her positive diagnosis on Jan. 11, days after the attack at the U.S. Capitol. Watson Coleman, a cancer survivor, shared with her followers that she believes she was exposed while members of Congress were barricaded inside the chambers. “Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I decided to take a Covid test. I have tested positive,” she tweeted. 

9. Manu Dibango

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Manu Dibango, the legendary afro-jazz saxophonist from Cameroon known for his 1972 hit, “Soul Makossa,” died March 24 following complications from the coronavirus. He was 86.

10. Dennis Dickson

Dennis Dickson may not be a household name, but the longtime NYPD employee’s death is notable because he was one of a growing number of people working at the New York Police Department who tested positive for the coronavirus. Dickson, who died March 26 at the age of 62, worked for the NYPD for 14 years at headquarters. That means he could have been exposed to other members of the force.

11. Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant was one of four players for the Brooklyn Nets who tested positive for the coronavirus that has also infected members of other NBA teams. The other players on the Nets who tested positive have not been identified. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant told The Athletic in an interview. “We’re going to get through this.”

12. Larry Edgeworth

Larry Edgeworth, who worked for the TV network as an audio technician for 25 years, died March 19 of complications after contracting the coronavirus. He was 61 years old. He reportedly had an existing health condition that likely exacerbated the coronavirus symptoms that led to his death.

13. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds

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The world-renowned music producer announced that he and his family all tested positive for the coronavirus but survived it and beat the respiratory illness that has killed thousands of people. He made the announcement via Instagram and admitted the ordeal was “an incredibly scary thing to go through.”

14. Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba

After actor Idris Elba announced on March 16 that he had contracted the coronavirus, his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, made her own announcement days later. Her disclosure prompted discussion over whether it was right to quarantine with her husband or if the two should’ve practiced social distancing.

15. Patrick Ewing, basketball legend

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Patrick Ewing, the head coach of Georgetown University’s men’s basketball team and NBA legend, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The New York Knicks’ all-time leading scorer tweeted the announcement on Friday, May 22.

“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” the tweet said in part. “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.”

It was unclear how Ewing contracted the disease that has disproportionately affected Black people.

 

16. Ronald Fenty, Rihanna’s dad

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Ronald Fenty, the father of superstar singer Rihanna, counted himself as one of the lucky survivors of the coronavirus. He told the Sun about the unenviable experience he went through for about two weeks before he was able to recover. Rihanna, who paid for and sent dozens of ventilators to her native island Barbados, also sent one to her 66-year-old dad.

17. Vivica A. Fox, actress

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Vivica A. Fox announced on Sept. 20, 2020, that she had tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of her hosting duties for the E! network’s live coverage of the red-carpet pre-Emmy Awards show. Fox’s co-hostess, Giuliana Rancic, also announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19. It was unclear if their cases were related.

“I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight!” the 56-year-old actress said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I have tested positive for coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home.”

18. Jimmy Glenn, legendary boxing trainer

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Jimmy Glenn, the legendary boxing trainer who worked with some of the sport’s top fighters, died following complications from the coronavirus. He was 89 years old. Glenn had become a celebrated bar owner in New York City’s Times Square called Jimmy’s Corner. The Boxing Scene website reported Glenn’s death first.

19. Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was the first NBA player revealed to have tested positive for COVID-19. He initially was called out for not taking coronavirus warnings seriously, considering he did things like touch the surfaces of microphones during a press conference to joke about the situation. The state health department cleared Gobert on March 27 after he completed a period of self-quarantining.

20. Louis Gossett Jr., actor, philanthropist

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The legendary actor Louis Gossett Jr. was diagnosed with COVID-19 but left a local Georgia hospital out of fear, according to a report from TMZ. Gossett, then-84, was recovering at home under the care of his son. He told TMZ, “Please wear masks, social distance, isolate, pray and listen within. We cannot survive without one another.”

21. Lee Green

Lee Green’s name is not known widely, but the former college basketball star for St. John’s University is notable here because of his death on March 23 at the relatively young age of 49 following complications from the coronavirus. His age was especially important as it upends the narrative that older and elderly people were the ones dying from the respiratory illness.

22. Charles Gregory, Tyler Perry’s makeup artrist

“Mr. Charles Gregory was a hairstylist that had worked with” Tyler Perry “for many years” before he died April 8 after he “lost his battle with COVID-19,” the filmmaker wrote on Instagram.

23. Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driver

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The seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton tested positive for the coronavirus on Nov. 30 and announced he would sit out the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix. Hamilton was tested three times in the week prior, all of which resulted in negative results. He isolated, complying with the COVID-19 health protocols in Bahrain.

24. Samuel Hargress Jr., owner of legendary Harlem nightclub

Samuel Hargress Jr., the owner and operator of legendary New York City jazz and blues nightclub, Paris Blues, died following complications after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 83 years old. Hargress opened the club in 1969 and ran it for 51 years. The Harlem Bespoke blog reported his death.

25. Conan Harris, Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s husband

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley‘s husband Conan Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 12 days after he was placed in lockdown with his wife during the mob attack on Capitol Hill last week. Harris is one of several people infected inside the Capitol due to members of Congress who refused to wear masks.

26. Antoine Hodge, opera singer

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Hodge died on Feb. 22 after battling COVID-19 for weeks. He most recently appeared in the the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 production of “Porgy and Bess.”

27. Mike Huckaby, techno music pioneer and DJ

“DJ Mike Huckaby, whose soulful, studied work made him one of the prominent early figures in Detroit techno and house music, died [April 24] after a lengthy hospitalization following a stroke,” the Detroit Free press reported. Huckaby tested positive for the coronavirus while he was hospitalized. He was 54 years old.

28. Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Callum Hudson-Odoi, a professional soccer player in the Premier League with the Chelsea football club, was diagnosed with the coronavirus. He made the announcement on March 12. He is just 19 years old.

29. DL Hughley, comedian

He thanks people for prayers – extreme exhaustion and dehydration – but it turns out they ran a battery of tests and I also tested positive for covid-19. he said it “blew me away” and that he was asymptomatic – no flu-like symptoms – not shortness of breath, no cough, no fever, still doesn’t have one – no loss or smell of taste – “apparently, I just lost consciousness.”

He said he would be quarantined for 14-days.

30. Ahmed Ismail Hussein, Somali singer, 92

Ahmed Ismail Hussein, the legendary Somali singer and musician who was also popularly known as “Hudeydi,” was hospitalized in the UK after contracting the coronavirus. Nicknamed the “King of Oud,” a reference to the Arabic instrument resembling a guitar, died in a London hospital. His date of death was not immediately reported, but it was announced April 8.

31. Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, a former longtime butler who worked in the White House, died in May following complications from the coronavirus. He was 91 years old. Jerman served 11 presidents, including Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black commander-in-chief. Fox News reported that “Jerman worked at the White House from 1957 to 2012 as a cleaner, a doorman, and butler.”

32. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced on an Instagram video that he and his family had overcome the coronavirus after testing positive at an undisclosed date.

“I can tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family, and for me personally too,” he said in part of the video. “And I’ve gone through some doozies in the past. I’ve gotten knocked about and gotten my ass kicked a little bit, but testing positive for COVID-19 is much different than overcoming nasty injuries or being evicted or even being broke.”

He encouraged people to wear masks so they don’t meet the same fate that he and his family did. His daughters were 2- and 4-years-old at the time.

33. Brad “Scarface” Jordan

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The rapper more popularly known as Scarface from the legendary Geto Boys announced on March 26 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. The 49-year-old Houstonian had reportedly been suffering from symptoms for weeks before he got confirmation of his condition.

34. DeAndre Jordan, NBA star

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DeAndre Jordan tweeted on June 29 that he tested positive for COVID-19, which will prevent him from participating in the continuation of the NBA’s 2019-20 season that was suspended because f the coronavirus. Jordan is among multiple other NBA players who have tested positive for the respiratory disease that has caused a global pandemic and abruptly ended major sporting competitions.

35. Tim Lester, NFL star

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Tim Lester, a former NFL star who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams, and Dallas Cowboys, died on Jan. 12, 2021, from COVID-19 complications. He was 52.

36. James Mahoney, pulmonologist

Dr. James Mahoney, a pulmonologist who delayed his retirement in order to help his colleagues fight the coronavirus, died after contracting COVID-19. Mahoney died April 27 at the age of 62 following a 40-year career in medicine. The New York Times reported that Mahoney “had spent his whole career at a poorly financed public hospital” and “went to extraordinary lengths to help patients.”

37. Ellis Marsalis Jr.

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The legendary jazz musician died April following complications from the coronavirus. He was 85 years old.

38. DeRay McKesson

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Civil rights activist DeRay McKesson announced on April 16 that “just tested positive for COVID-19.” He went on to tweet that he experienced some of the respiratory illnesses’ milder symptoms and added that doctors told him to expect a full recovery.

39. Von Miller

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It was announced on April 16 that NFL star Von Miller had contracted the coronavirus. NFL Network reporter Ian Rappaport tweeted that Miller was “at home resting and in good spirits.”

40. Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell is another member of the Utah Jazz who tested positive. The 23-year-old NBA All Star announced that he was participating in a challenge called #StayHomeFor to encourage people to socially distance and stay at home as the coronavirus continues to spread. The state health department cleared Mitchell on March 27 after he completed a period of self-quarantining.

41. Wisconsin Rep. Rep. Gwen Moore

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Moore tweeted on Dec. 28 that she tested positive for the coronavirus. The 69-year-old Wisconsinite did not announce how she contracted it and suggested she was experiencing mild symptoms, if any at all, and vowed that her work on Capitol Hill would not be interrupted. 

“I encourage every person to continue taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing,” Moore tweeted.

42. Lloyd Porter, small business owner in Brooklyn

Lloyd Porter, who owned and operated the famed Bread Stuy bakery in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, has died after he tested positive for the coronavirus. 

43. Charley Pride, country music legend

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Charley Pride went from growing up picking cotton in Mississippi to playing professional baseball in the Negro League to getting drafted in the Army to going back to baseball to finally signing a recording contract in Nashville on his way to becoming the first major country music star who is Black. It was a remarkable rise to fame that ended Dec. 12 after he succumbed to the deadly coronavirus. Pride was 86 years old.

44. Biden Adviser, Rep. Cedric Richmond

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Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat who represents Louisiana, tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 16. Richmond is also an adviser who will serve as director of the Office of Public Engagement. Biden tested negative after being made aware of Richmond’s diagnosis. 

45. Arnie Robinson Jr., Olympian

Olympic gold medalist Arnie Robinson Jr., died from COVID-19 on Dec. 2 at the age of 72. He is known as one of the greatest long jumpers in the world, securing the gold at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal. He leaped 27 feet and 4¾ inches on the first jump of the competition.

Over his career he won seven national titles and was the world’s top-ranked long jumper from 1976-1979. He retired from his profession in 1979 and took up coaching at San Diego Mesa College in 1982, where taught for 28 years after retiring from teaching in 2010.

46. Wallace Roney

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Wallace Roney, a Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter who was associated with and influenced by the legendary Miles Davis, died March 31. His death was caused by complications after he contracted the coronavirus. He was just 59 years old. Pictured: Wallace Roney plays trumpet with his orchestra during a performance in the 22nd Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, New York, New York, Aug. 23, 2014. The orchestra played a composition by Wayne Shorter written for, but not performed by, Miles Davis.

47. Marcus Smart

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart also tested positive for COVID-19. The 26-year-old posted a video on Instagram revealing the news and he encouraged everyone to practice social distancing.

48. Shaka Smart, University Of Texas Men’s Basketball Coach

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Men’s college basketball coach Shaka Smart announced on Jan. 25 that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Smart tweeted the news as his University of Texas Longhorns team were enjoying major success this season.

Smart tweeted that he was “in isolation away from our team and family” and “working remotely.” He is expected to rejoin the team “when it is safe to do so.”

Smart’s announcement came about an hour after the latest college rankings showed his team was in the top 5.

49. Troy Sneed, gospel singer

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Gospel singer Troy Sneed died April 27 following complications from contracting the coronavirus. He was just 54 years old.

50. Oliver “DJ Black N Mild” Stokes Jr.

New Orleans radio personality Oliver Stokes Jr. who went by the name of DJ Black N Mild died March 19, one day after he tested positive for the coronavirus. He was 44 years old.

51. Michael Strahan, ‘Good Morning America’ host, former NFL star

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“Good Morning America” host and former NFL star Michael Strahan tested positive for COVID-19. Strahan’s co-hosts Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Amy Robach confirmed the news on the air on Jan. 28 while acknowledging Strahan’s absence in previous days. They said he was doing “well” and was quarantined until he received a negative diagnosis.

52. Carole Sutton, actress

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Actress Carol Sutton, whose performances in the TV series “Queen Sugar” and the movie “Steel Magnolias” earned her high praise, has died. Sutton was 76 years old. Her cause of death on Dec. 10 was reported as Covid-19.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell remembered Sutton as “the Queen of New Orleans theater” in a moving statement issued Dec. 13, when the death was officially announced.

53. Jeffrey “DJ Jazzy Jeff” Townes

Hip-hop pioneer DJ Jazzy Jeff had hinted that he was suffering from the coronavirus weeks before he confirmed it on the “Tamron Hall Show” on April 14. He detailed his experience to the hostess and said he first started feeling symptoms in late March after attending a ski event in Idaho. 

54. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach

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NFL head coach Mike Tomlin had contracted COVID-19. Tomlin, 48, was one of multiple members of the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff to test positive for the virus, ESPN reported.

Without acknowledging the reports that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, Tomlin tweeted a statement on Feb. 22 thanking people for wishing him well.

“I want to thank everyone who reached out to express their concerns for my health,” Tomlin began his statement before adding later: “I’ll be back in the office soon.”

55. Karl-Anthony Towns, NBA star

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After suffering the devastating loss of his mother from COVID-19 in 2020, NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns announced he tested positive on Jan. 15.

“Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID. I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol,” the 25-year-old Minnesota Timberwolves center shared on Twitter.

“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 of the necessary precautions. We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us,” he added.

56. Karl-Anthony Towns’ parents, Jacqueline Cruz and Karl-Anthony Towns Sr.

NBA All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns revealed on March 24 that his mother had tested positive for the coronavirus days before it was reported on March 26 that his father was suffering from the same illness. His mother, Jacqueline Cruz, was placed in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator. She died on April 13. His father, Karl Sr., was reportedly recovering after being quarantined.

57. Juan Williams, Fox News Host

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Fox News host Juan Williams was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday. Williams 66, serves as the liberal leaning voice on the conservative networks daily show “The Five.” On Nov. 18 Williams left for vacation and returned to Fox News studios on Monday, where he was tested and received a negative result. On Wednesday he returned to “The Five.”

In a statement obtained by The New York Times, the network said the show would tape from home “for the foreseeable future.”

58. Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama

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Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, has been hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia. The 39-year-old first-term mayor was admitted to the hospital on the night of Jan. 4, 2021. The City of Birmingham tweeted the news and said Woodfin “is receiving excellent care” and “remains in good spirits and thanks everyone for their well wishes.”

AL.com reported that Woodfin had been experiencing mild symptoms and was self-quarantined until his hospitalization.

The former school board member and city prosecutor was elected the city’s youngest mayor in 2017.

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