Positive tests for COVID-19 are on the rise following recent outbreaks involving the Tennessee Titans along with positive tests for New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and Pro Bowl corner Stephon Gilmore, according to testing results released from the NFL and the NFL Players Association.
There were 11 confirmed positive tests among players and 15 new confirmed positives among other personnel between Sept. 27 and Oct. 3.
There were 14,254 tests administered to 2,480 players and 22,748 tests given to 5,501 personnel staffers.
“In the nine weeks since the beginning of training camp, we have had a number of isolated, new positive cases of COVID among players and other personnel across nearly two-thirds of NFL clubs and one outbreak among the Tennessee Titans,” said Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer. “We have said all along that we expect positive cases. As long as the virus is endemic in our communities, we will see new cases among our teams. Risk mitigation, not elimination, is the key. Our protocols are designed to quickly identify new cases, get individuals the care they need, and prevent further spread of the virus.
“It is critically important that we do not grow complacent in our rigorous application of measures proven to be impactful: always wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distancing and practicing healthy hand hygiene. This 2020 season, our common opponent is COVID – it’s all of us together versus the virus.”
Between Sept. 20 and Sept. 26, there were just two confirmed positive tests among players and four new confirmed positives.
From Aug. 1 to Oct. 3, 31 players and 53 other personnel were confirmed as positive cases.
“The virus is still very much a threat not only to our season, but to the safety of everyone in our community,” said Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA’s medical director. “We encourage everyone to do their part to follow the protocols and keep each other safe.”