Founding Cloud9 support player Daerek "LemonNation" Hart tested positive for the coronavirus in Los Angeles on Thursday, he confirmed in a direct message to ESPN.
The retired League of Legends pro said that he experienced minor cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing and sinus congestion, but did not experience dry cough, a common symptom for the virus. He later became lethargic. After the significant other of one of his roommates tested positive for the virus, he went to get tested Saturday at a drive-through clinic at the Crenshaw Christian Center in south Los Angeles.
He received a positive result on Thursday, which he first posted to Twitter. He is currently in self-quarantine but is not hospitalized, he told ESPN.
LemonNation is one of the first esports luminaries to test positive for the coronavirus.
Around the globe many esports and gaming events have been canceled or altered in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The League of Legends Championship Series, which LemonNation previously competed in, moved to an online-only format several weeks ago amid government stay-at-home and state of emergency orders by both the state of California and Los Angeles County officials throughout March.
Since March 2019, LemonNation has served in a managerial role for Radiance, the esports team founded by his former Cloud9 teammate Hai "Hai" Du Lam. He retired from competitive play in March 2018 after spending time as a member of the OpTic Gaming League of Legends roster that split and FlyQuest the season beforehand.
LemonNation was one of five players on the Quantic Gaming League of Legends roster in late 2012 and early 2013, who would form Cloud9 with former Team SoloMid and Crunchyroll vice president Jack Etienne. That team would go on to win multiple League Championship Series titles throughout 2013 and 2014.