The NFL is taking Coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously, and on Thursday an example of a positive COVID-19 test from within NFL community underscored that it should be. Even with all meetings with players and coaches are canceled and all facilities are close, there has been bad news.
Saints coach Sean Payton told ESPN that he has tested positive for the virus. There’s no mention as to whether Payton, 56, is suffering from any symptoms. Many who have the virus have no symptoms, or mild ones.
Sean Payton tells @AdamSchefter he’s tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Saints coach is the first known case in the NFL.
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Sean Payton said he came forward with his coronavirus diagnosis because he wants all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside, and behave responsibly. More ahead on ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
Payton told ESPN that he came forward with the diagnosis to encourage people to “heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside, and behave responsibly.”