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Joe Ingles shares his experience with Covid

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The Jazz Wing said his whole family tested positive for the virus

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Joe Ingles (2) celebrates with Donovan Mitchell (45) after Mitchell hit a big hit for the Jazz with 2:50 left of the game , during the NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Washington Wizards, at Vivint Arena on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

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The Utah Jazz were the last team in the NBA to have a player on COVID-19-related “health and safety protocol” this season – the distinction ended when Joe Ingles tested positive on Wednesday. January 4th.

Joe Ingles Was the First Utah Jazz Player – you can make it a headline if it gets you more clicks,” Aussie sarcastically stated in her first interview Wednesday morning.

Thanks, Joe.

Naturally, we have questions about what his experience with COVID-19 was like.

He said he had no symptoms, but was considered a “close contact” when a family member tested positive, thus leading him to be tested when Jazz was played in Denver. His test results were positive. Then he got his whole family tested and all were positive.

With them all on the same boat, a medical transport back to SLC was arranged (he and Rudy Gobert, who later tested positive, they’re both up there), and “I really got to spend my last days with my family, which was great,” he said.

Ingles said that despite all the precautions he and his Jazz teammates are taking, it seems an inevitable thing they will have to face, just because the omicron variant is being spread. how widely. He noted that his hometown of Melbourne had only 51,000 positive cases in a single day. He added that his family had calculated a number of risks.

“I wouldn’t stop my child from going to school to limit that risk. My 5-year-olds need school, Jacob needs therapy. I’m willing to risk that way to get it if that’s the case,” he said.

Ingles himself never developed any symptoms and “felt fine all the time”, while his wife, Renae, is probably the most afflicted member of the family. Mostly, they only care about the kids.

“Jack, [who’s] For 14 months now, he has had a fever for a few days, which worries his parents a bit,” Joe said. “The kids always have a fever, but as a father, and Renae as a mother, you never want your child to get sick or your child to struggle.”

All has become clear now in the past few days. However, he admits that, even when everything went well as expected, there were some stressful times for him.

“If I could have [been like the movie] ‘Green mile“and stand there and take the virus out of them, I’ll take it out of all four and deal with it myself,” he said.

Podcast of this week

It’s been the toughest week of the season for the Utah Jazz. COVID has finally hit the team and coaching staff. Several signings to add to the team had to be made. Rudy Gobert was still sidelined, thus hurting the entire team’s defence.

The Jazz have lost four games in a row. So, is it time to just admit that the Jazz’s only realistic shot at winning the title is to try and beat the competition and hope Gobert’s defense is enough?

We discuss that and more on the latest episode of “How ‘Bout This Jazz” audio file.

Find the HBTJ podcast at sltrib.com/podcasts/bout_jazz/

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Beth Allcock

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