Several people at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training center in Tampa, Florida, tested positive for coronavirus, the NFL team said Saturday.
“We can confirm that there have been individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 at the AdventHealth Training Center,” the team said in a statement. “We immediately activated our COVID-19 Response Plan and evacuated the affected areas, which will remain closed until extensive cleanup is completed. “
The Buccaneers did not say how many people tested positive, but said the center remains open and operational as the team prepared for 2020 the season is set to start Sept. 13.
“The people who have been exposed have already been informed and are following established protocols, include a 14-day quarantine period,” the Boucaniers said in a statement.
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ESPN reported on Saturday that both players and an assistant coach were among those who tested positive.
The Florida Department of Health issued a notice on Saturday, suggesting people are wearing masks in public and encouraging people 65 and over to limit their interactions outside their homes. He also asked Floridians come to refrain from joining social gatherings of more than 50 people.
Florida said its largest single-day COVID-19 increase Tuesday with 2,783. The virus putting pressure on state intensive care beds, with 26 hospitals across Florida, reports that they had none requiring intensive care capacity for new patients.
The new Buccaneers arrived in athletics the same day, at the Department of South Carolina at Clemson University reported that 28 of its student-athletes and staff members tested positive for the virus.
“Clemson has notified and isolated each of these people who tested positive for at least 10 days,” the university said in a statement. “Close known contacts have also been requested in self-quarantine for at least 14 days. Most of the cases have been asymptomatic, and none require hospitalization. “
Also in Florida. the National Hockey League reported on Friday that three of the 11 players who tested positive for the virus are with the Tampa Bay Lightning, which is closing its training center.
In the Major League Baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies closed their Clearwater, Florida training center on Friday after five players tested positive. The Toronto Blue Jays has suspended operations in Dunedin, Florida after a player suffered from coronavirus symptoms.
And the San Francisco Giants entered its Scottsdale, Arizona training center after someone who was there showed symptoms of the virus. The Texas Rangers said it would follow with its big Surprise, Arizona, center, as a precaution.