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Kyle Guy calls on public to take coronavirus seriously following grandfather’s death

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Kyle Guy wants to raise awareness to how deadly the coronavirus can be.

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On Saturday, Sacramento Kings rookie Kyle Guy revealed in an Instagram post that his grandfather died on Friday as a result of COVID-19, or the coronavirus.

Guy, the No. 55 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, used the post to thank everyone for their support during what has been a difficult time for him and his family, but he also used his post to remind people how deadly the virus can be, and why it’s so important to listen to public health and safety guidelines.

There are currently over 350,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, including over 15,000 in California and 442 in the Sacramento County. Since Feb. 29, 10,389 people have died from the coronavirus, including 351 in California and 18 in the Sacramento County.

There is currently no vaccine for the virus, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided guidelines that can help your protect yourself and others from the virus. Here are a few of those guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

You can also help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by practicing social distancing. On March 19, California governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order, and that order will be in place for the foreseeable future.

For more information on how to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus. For information on what the Kings are doing to help their community in the midst of this pandemic, visit nba.com/kings.

Editor’s note: On behalf of the staff at Sactown Royalty, we’d like to express our condolences to Kyle Guy and his family. We’d also like to send our love to Gary Gerould, whose daughter passed away in March.