NFL and NFLPA Agree to Continue COVID-19 Testing

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On Wednesday afternoon, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to continue COVID-19 testing until further notice. The NFL told teams today that the positive COVID-19 tests among players and Tier 1 and 2 personnel from the last two weeks was less than 1%. Of course, this is a good sign as teams have begun training camp and having players at the facilities daily.

 

The original deal between the league and the NFLPA, as reported by NFL Networks Tom Pelissero, was to have testing done daily for any club exceeding 5% positive tests. The NFL reported that no club has exceeded over 2% positive test rate. After consulting with medical experts, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to continue daily testing.

 

There is still some uncertainty with the positive test results, looking back at the last few weeks with a few players receiving a false positive test result. The NFL COVID-19 test stats can be seen in this tweet from Pelissero:

All seems to be going well as far as how the league and the NFLPA’s COVID-19 protocols have played out  thus far. The real test will be when teams travel for games and play against opposing teams. Can these protocols work out outside of a bubble? The NBA, MLB, and NHL have had success with a bubble, but the NFL will be the first sport to operate outside of a bubble.

 

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