The same virus that has tragically taken seven of Karl-Anthony Towns’ family members has now infected the Minnesota Timberwolves’ all-star center.

Towns announced on social media Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID,” Towns said in his statement. “I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol.”

The Timberwolves’ game against Memphis was subsequently postponed.

“This was pretty significant to us, to our organization, to our family,” said Gersson Rosas, the Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations. “That positive was very impactful, and our team, our organization, wasn’t prepared to move forward tonight.”

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Towns’ mom, Jackie, died in April after a long battle with the virus. He revealed last month he’d since lost six other family members, including an uncle in early December. Towns shared his family’s painful story with the public in hopes of raising awareness about the virus and its potentially deadly effects.

He did the same Friday by announcing his positive test.

“I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside, and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions,” Towns’ statement read Friday. “We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone. It must be a group effort by all of us.”

Rosas said the all-star center is addressing this situation in the same way he always does.

“He’s a tough, resilient individual who wants to overcome all of the challenges,” Rosas said.

Towns has been battling the virus in more ways than one over the past 10 months. He donated $100,000 to Mayo Clinic back in March to help increase COVID-19 testing capacity. The all-star center has stayed as informed as possible about the virus in an effort to keep his family safe.

“I’m trying to keep my sister and the kids, my dad out of harm’s way, keep my family out of harm’s way,” Towns said in early December. “I’ve seen a lot of coffins in the last seven to eight months.”

Rosas called Towns contracting the virus “heartbreaking,” noting what Towns’ family has already endured.

“It hurt. It hurt,” Rosas said of Towns’ news. “Karl is the most important part of this organization, (and) for what he’s gone through, for what Karl Sr. has gone through, it couldn’t be more heartbreaking today.”

Towns said it breaks his heart that his family will continue to suffer from the anxiety related to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

“We know all too well what the end result could be,” Towns said in his statement Friday. “To my niece and nephew, Jolani and Max, I promise you I will not end up in a box next to grandma, and I will beat this.”