Jim Reineking, USA TODAY
Published 2:16 a.m. ET March 25, 2020 | Updated 2:16 a.m. ET March 25, 2020
SportsPulse: Chris Paul and Al Horford took to social media to speak to NBA fans about dealing with coronavirus, making them the latest athletes to use their platforms to inform those across the country.
Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns revealed in a video posted to Instagram early Wednesday that his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, is in a medically-induced coma and connected to a ventilator due to COVID-19.
Towns said that both his father and mother felt ill, then went to the hospital to get checked out and tested for the novel coronavirus. While his father, Karl Towns Sr., was eventually released from the hospital, Towns’ mother wasn’t allowed to leave as her condition got worse.
“Both of (my parents) have gotten (coronavirus) tests. Both of them didn’t get the results for a long time,” Towns said in the Instagram video. “We all assumed my mom had COVID-19 due to the symptoms that she was exhibiting, and she was deteriorating daily.”
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“WE CAN BEAT THIS, BUT THIS IS SERIOUS AND WE NEED TO TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION,” Towns wrote on his Instagram post. “Sharing my story in the hopes that everyone stays at home! We need more equipment and we need to help those medical personnel on the front lines. Thank you to the medical staff who are helping my mom. You are all the true heroes! Praying for all of us at this difficult time.”
Last week, Towns announced that he planned to donate $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic to help with testing patients for the coronavirus. The Timberwolves said in a statement that the Mayo Clinic expects Towns’ donation to help increase its testing capacity from 200 to 1,000 tests per day “in the coming weeks.”