Karl-Anthony Towns to donate $100,000 to Mayo Clinic for COVID-19 testing

Minnesota Timberwolves centre Karl-Anthony Towns. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has announced he’ll donate $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic for testing for the COVID-19 virus.

“Our team has been working around the clock for the past month to develop a test for COVID-19,” Dr. William Morice II chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic wrote in a statement. “We are blown away by Karl’s gesture to help us fast-track offering testing to more patients across Minnesota and the nation.”

The Minnesota-based medical system said it expects the money from Towns will help increase capacity for COVID-19 from 200 tests per day to more than 1,000 per day in the coming weeks.

The Mayo Clinic has been working for the past month on developing its own test for the virus to supplement other existing avenues.

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