Karl-Anthony Towns is the latest in a growing list of NBA stars who have stepped up in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. The Timberwolves center announced on Sunday that he would donate 100K to help the Mayo Clinic increase testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.
“Our team has been working around the clock for the past month to develop a test for COVID-19,” said Dr. William Morice II, chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic. “We are blown away by Karl’s gesture to help us fast-track offering testing to more patients across Minnesota and the nation.”
Towns shared on Instagram that he hoped his donation would help “fight this virus quicker and more efficiently by increasing the testing capabilities and availability” of Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 response.
Mayo expects Towns’ donation to help increase testing capacity from 200 per day to over 1,000 tests per day in the coming weeks.
Find more on Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 testing at mayoclinic.org.