“I learned earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said in a statement. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I have no symptoms related to COVID, and have done another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis. ”
Saban, 68, said he informed his players of his positive test during a Zoom call at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee preparations for Saturday night’s home game against No.3 Georgia “while I work from home,” Saban said. Sarkisian was the head coach at Washington from 2009 to 2013 and at USC in 2014-15.
Alabama plans to test everyone in the football schedule on Thursday. Alabama ran daily tests for their players in September.
“Today I received a notice that my COVID-19 test this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately went into isolation and will stay home and follow all directions. We have been diligent about wearing masks and social distancing from the start and we want to continue to encourage all of you to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you. . ”
Alabama team medics Jimmy Robinson and Jeff Allen said Saban and Byrne were the only two people who tested positive “at that time” and the school would follow group protocol. working on the return to activity and medical referral of the SEC to test asymptomatic positives.
CDC guidelines say people who test positive must self-isolate for 10 days, while contact tracing requires a 14-day quarantine.
Saban is one of the few FBS head coaches to test positive for coronavirus. Kevin Sumlin of Arizona, Mike Norvell of FSU, Les Miles of Kansas, Jason Candle of Toledo and Blake Anderson of Arkansas State have already announced positive tests.
Chris Low of ESPN contributed to this report.