XFL player has tested positive for coronavirus, the league confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Saturday.
the league said in a statement that the player , who is a member of the Seattle Dragons, reported his symptoms to team medical staff on Tuesday and was immediately placed in quarantine, where he has remained in the days since.
The player received a test for COVID – (as soon as possible, “according to the statement, and received the result of the test Friday.
According to the league, the unidentified player participated in Seattle’s previous two games against the Houston Roughnecks and St. Louis BattleHawks but was asymptomatic at the time.
“The league is alerting players, staff, vendors and partners associated with the Dragons, Roughnecks and BattleHawks, “the XFL said in a statement provided to USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. “The XFL is monitoring the situation closely and taking every measure necessary in accordance with recommendations set forth by the CDC.”
XFL spokesperson Stephanie Rudnick told USA TODAY Sports that the Dragons player is the only player in the league known to have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Saturday morning.
She also reiterated that the XFL did not receive the Dragons player’s positive test until after the league moved to suspend its season on Thursday night. Other professional and college sports leagues have taken similar steps in recent days to slow the spread of the virus.
The coronavirus has infected more than 321, 12 People around the world and been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
The Dragons player is the latest athlete to be diagnosed with the virus. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive Wednesday night, moments before his team was set to play the Oklahoma City Thunder. The news sent shockwaves throughout the league, leading to the cancellation of that game and, soon thereafter, the suspension of the NBA season.
One of Gobert’s teammates, Donovan Mitchell, has also tested positive for coronavirus, as have several members of the professional soccer community in Europe, including Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @ Tom_Schad .
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