It was announced today Atlanta Dream center Kalani Brown and forward Glory Johnson tested positive for the COVID-19 virus during the initial quarantine period after the team traveled to Florida.
Both players are in self-isolation off of the IMG Academy property under the care of physicians, and are expected to miss the start of the 2020 season.
“On Thursday, July 9th I tested positive for COVID-19, four days after arriving at IMG and while in quarantine in preparation to play this WNBA season,” Brown said. “While I am feeling better now, my symptoms have been challenging, ranging from headache, to sore throat, chills/shivers, body aches, muscle aches, fatigue, difficulties with taste, and shortness of breath. I am still quarantined and unfortunately will be missing the start of season as I continue to fight this virus and hopefully fully recover. I am really looking forward to my first season with the Atlanta Dream, and cannot wait to join my teammates on the court once my health allows me to.”
— Lani. (@kalanibrown21) July 24, 2020
In a statement Glory Johnson said, “About two weeks ago, I had tested positive for COVID-19, even after testing negative several times prior,” Johnson said. “Since then I have been isolated outside of IMG Academy and in quarantine. I am fine and have had no symptoms since testing positive. While in quarantine, I have focused on my self-care and resting my body for the upcoming season. I will be back on the court soon.”
Atlanta will open the 2020 WNBA Season against the Dallas Wings Sunday, July 26 beginning at 5 p.m. ET, in Bradenton, Florida at IMG Academy, the Official Home of the 2020 WNBA Season.
This season marks the organization’s 13th in the WNBA. The Dream have qualified for the playoffs nine times, winning conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010.