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David Ortiz said he had tested positive for COVID-19

David Ortiz said he got his last test yesterday and he was negative.
David Ortiz said he got his last test yesterday and he was negative.Kathy Willens/Associated Press

Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said during Friday’s NESN broadcast of the Red Sox-Yankees game that he had tested positive for COVID-19, but he was asymptomatic and has now recovered.

“I just got my last test yesterday — thank God I tested negative,” said Ortiz. “I had [an] asymptomatic [case], so mine wasn’t that bad. But my brother had it really bad. He had to be in the hospital for, like, a week. He ended up losing about 25 pounds. Man, this is no joke.

“You don’t realize how crazy this is until it hits home. I learned so much about this COVID-19 thing while I was going through the process. It’s something — it’s an experience, to be honest with you.”

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