The NFL has continued its daily COVID-19 testing, something they extended until September 6th, with over 50,000 new tests just last week resulting in only six coming back positive. None of the six were players and were deemed to be team personnel only.
Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, says from Aug. 12-20 there were 58,397 tests administered, including 23,260 to players – six confirmed positive tests, zero among players.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 24, 2020
If you were looking for more of an in-depth breakdown on the numbers, this from Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s director of Public Relations.
Some stats from our office. Like you, I can’t wait for on-field stats. pic.twitter.com/DmyC4GLdls— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) August 24, 2020
Aside from the 77 false-positive cases reported over the weekend, this is a phenomenal sign as the league prepares to begin their season without fans in most locations.
The lab that handled most of the NFL’s testing said that contamination caused the false-positive results that affected 11 teams.
“The NFL immediately took necessary actions to ensure the safety of the players and personnel,” said Dr. Jon R. Cohen, executive chairman of Bioreference. “Re-agents, analyzers and staff were all ruled out as possible causes and subsequent testing has indicated that the issue has been resolved. All individuals impacted have been confirmed negative and informed.”
The league is using this scenario as a case study for a potential outbreak leading up to a game. Unlike Major League Baseball, who plays almost every day, football will have a week of preparation to ensure players are not producing false positive leading up to a game.
The NFL hopes to continue its positive momentum, as it pertains to limiting exposure to the coronavirus, with the regular season opener between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs in just 17 days.
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