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Celtics' Marcus Smart, three other NBA players to donate blood for tests after battling coronavirus

Celtics' Marcus Smart, three other NBA players to donate blood for tests after battling coronavirus
Posted at 12:59 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 16:07:45-04

Several players with the National Basketball Association are getting their blood tested after battling the coronavirus.

ABC News reported that one of the players, Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart, will opt into the experimental therapy known as convalescent plasma.

Smart confirmed the news through his agent, ABC News reported.

Smart announced via social media that he had tested positive for the virus back on March 19. On Sunday, Smart confirmed through his Twitter page that the Massachusetts Department had cleared him.

The NBA season was suspended indefinitely back on March 11 after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus before his team played the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Since then, several more players - including Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant - have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The other three players in the ABC News article are not currently known.

Coronavirus Testing Sites - Kern County

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State-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free, but if have insurance they will bill
  • No screening criteria

Kern County Fairgrounds
1142 South P Street, Building 4, Access Gate 27
Mojave Veterans Hall
15580 O Street, Mojave
Arvin Public Health
204 S Hill Street, Arvin
5th District Drive-Thru at The Prado Senior Center
2101 Ridge Road



County-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free
  • No screening criteria
  • Operating with existing provider

Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield
  • For Registration call (661) 215-7725
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 8 am - 12 pm

Ridgecrest - Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1081 N. China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest
  • For Registration: Text the word "testing" to 833-774-4968 Or Call 866-774-9984
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
  • No Drive-Thru option
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital (Coming Soon)
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa
  • No Drive-Thru option

Tehachapi - Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley
1100 Magellan Dr 93561