Eight Saints personnel test positive for COVID-19 ahead of Panthers game

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The Saints have skilled eight reported circumstances of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, together with six offensive coaches, one participant and one nutritionist, according to ESPN.

The participant in query seems to be vast receiver Michael Thomas, who was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 record on Tuesday. He was already on the bodily unable to carry out record, so this case will not impression the Saints for this week’s game.

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The Saints haven’t disclosed any additional info on the circumstances, although affected coaches’ standing for Sunday’s game towards the Panthers is questionable.

Coach Sean Payton introduced your complete teaching employees was vaccinated. The vaccination standing of Thomas and the nutritionist is unknown.

That stated, NFL gamers and training employees are examined daily regardless of vaccination standing. Therefore, if the vaccinated are asymptomatic and test damaging twice 24 hours aside, they are going to be allowed to return to the workforce. But, if they’re unvaccinated, they need to isolate for at the very least 10 days even when they’re asymptomatic. The Saints at the moment are following the NFL’s enhanced mitigation protocols, which incorporates masks sporting indoors and day by day assessments.

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This is the primary massive COVID-19 breakout within the NFL this season, and it got here proper after Week 1. The NFL announced on Sept. 3 that 93 p.c of gamers had been vaccinated. As of now, solely two groups are totally vaccinated: the Falcons and the Buccaneers.

This is not the primary time the Saints have made headlines concerning COVID-19. In March 2020, Payton turned the primary particular person related to the NFL to get COVID-19.

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