NFL faces its first outbreak of COVID-19, after at least nine members of the Tennessee Titans tested positive for the virus in the past four days, ESPN says The Titans have faced Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis Sunday and Tuesday, when results were announced, both teams closed training facilities, with Titans closing until Saturday at the earliest The league has yet to make any announcements on what will happen with the teams’ next two games, both scheduled for Sunday.
Some professional sports leagues have resumed playing during the coronavirus pandemic using a bubble where games and players are contained, but like the MLB, the NFL has maintained a travel schedule Some fans have attended games based on local restrictions, and as the AP noted on Tuesday, the Titans were supposed to have around 7,000 participants for their next home game, then jump to 8,500, then 10,000 in the next few games. Last week, several NFL head coaches were fined $ 100,000 for not wearing face masks on the sidelines
Despite the circumstances and the slippages, the league had so far avoided this level of epidemic As noted by the Wall Street Journal, during the NFL tests from September 13 to 19, there is no had new positives among players and five among other staff When MLB faced similar outbreaks at the start of their season, games were abandoned and postponed
News of the Titans’ testing sparked a battle to understand how the virus spread and among whom ESPN noted linebacker coach Shane Bowen tested positive on Saturday and Bowen skipped the trip to Nashville in Minneapolis accordingly It is not yet known whether any members of the Vikings contracted the virus
During the pandemic, as professional sports leagues questioned how to keep playing, they also became visible stages of the larger health crisis that claimed the lives of over 200,000 people in the United States. United Shortly after the NBA season ended on March 10, when players tested positive for COVID-19, pandemic lockdowns became a familiar measure across the country
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