NFL Implements Improved Protocols For Teams At Risk Of COVID-19


The NFL implemented a series of improved protocols on Thursday for teams to follow after exposure to the COVID-19 virus, as it navigates an outbreak among the Tennessee Titans and potential transmission to the Minnesota Vikings.The Vikings, who have yet to return a positive test result after playing against the Titans last Sunday, used the protocols after reopening their facility and training on Thursday.

The improved protocols include two daily tests; one is the traditional PCR test (nasal swab) and the other is a POC (point of care) test which gives faster results. All Level 1 and Level 2 employees must test negative for the POC test before entering the establishment.

PPE and face masks must also be worn by all players and coaches on the training ground and gloves must be worn by everyone except quarterbacks on their throwing hand. All meetings must be virtual and there will also be daily deep cleanings of the facility. The protocols also include a ban on assembling teams or players outside the establishment.

NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills will determine if and for how long post-exposure protocols should be followed. Whether or not exposed, all NFL employees were urged by the memo to “act as if everyone you come in contact with has a COVID infection and take appropriate precautions.”

Several Las Vegas Raiders appeared on Monday at a fundraising event hosted by Raider Darren Waller at a country club in suburban Las Vegas. The players were seen on video without masks during the indoor event while talking and mingling with guests, who were also not wearing masks. The league said it is reviewing the incident and the players have apologized.

A total of 13 Titans employees, including six players, returned positive tests for COVID-19 last week. The Titans’ game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed and will be postponed until later this season.


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