Timberwolves Star Donates $100,000 To Mayo Clinic To Test For Coronavirus

This donation comes roughly one week after the NBA suspended the remainder of its season due to COVID-19.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns said he will donate $100,000 to Mayo Clinic to fund the fight against coronavirus.

Towns says he hopes to increase “testing capabilities and availability” through his generous donation, which he announced via Twitter on Monday.

“I will be donating $100K to support these efforts. Thank you to the Mayo Clinic workers and all healthcare workers who are working around the clock to treat us. You are our heroes,” he wrote. He also included some words of encouragement for the entire state. “We’re all in this together, let’s protect ourselves and the community around us.”

Town’s donation comes just days after Governor Tim Walz expressed his concern that Minnesota may lack the necessary resources to test its citizens for Coronavirus in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence.

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The Mayo Clinic recently rolled out its own test for the Coronavirus, and has offered free drive through screening for anybody showing symptoms of the virus, according to the Post Bulletin.

“We felt like it was our moral obligation to offer testing to as many people as we can,” Mayo Clinic Ph.D. pathologist and laboratory medicine specialist Matthew Binnicker said in a recent video update.

Minnesota has confirmed 53 cases of COVID-19, as of Monday, according to the KTSP News. The state has also begun witnessing community transmission, meaning that several individuals who have contracted the virus report no recent history of travel or known contact with virus carriers.


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Kyle Hooten

Kyle Hooten is Managing Editor of Alpha News. His coverage of Minneapolis has been featured on television shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and in print media outlets like the Wall Street Journal.