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Patrick Ewing recovering at home after COVID-19 hospitalization

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing, here against St. John's

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing, here against St. John's on March 11, 2020, at the Big East Tournament at the Garden, did not offer any details about his illness in his statement Friday, May 22, 2020.   Credit: Getty Images/Sarah Stier

Just three days after revealing that he was hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, Patrick Ewing was back home and recovering on Monday.

Ewing’s son, Patrick Ewing Jr., tweeted Monday afternoon that Ewing is out of the hospital and on the mend.

“I want to thank all of the doctors and hospital staff for taking care of my father during his stay, as well as everyone who has reached out with thoughts and prayers to us and since his diagnosis,” Ewing Jr. wrote on Twitter. “My father is now home and getting better. We’ll continue to watch his symptoms and follow the CDC guidelines. I hope everyone continues to stay safe and protect yourselves and your loved ones.”

Ewing, 57, wrote Friday that by disclosing his illness, he hoped to help others understand the seriousness and risk of the coronavirus.

“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Ewing said in the statement Friday. “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 healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I’ll be fine and we will all get through this.”

According to the statement, Ewing, the Georgetown men’s basketball coach, is the only member of the program to have tested positive for the virus.

While a handful of athletes have tested positive and some have come forward, including NBA players Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Kevin Durant, some of the positive tests have been revealed only in the number of affected staff or players.

Ewing played 15 seasons for the Knicks before being traded after the 1999-2000 season, finishing his career two seasons later. He served as an assistant coach for the Wizards, Rockets, Magic and Charlotte Bobcats before getting a chance at a head-coaching job at his alma mater, where he has guided the Hoyas the last three seasons.


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