Positive COVID tests a problem for NFL
With just three weeks remaining until the start of the 2020 NFL season, the NFL experienced a major setback with its COVID-19 testing process. This, weekend it has caused a flurry of problems.
The NFL’s COVID testing protocols have been a success to this point. During training camp, there were very few positive tests and more players came off the reserve list. Unfortunately, things took a turn this weekend with the league’s latest announcement.
After committing a staggering amount of money towards COVID tests, the NFL announced it is experiencing problems. On Sunday, the league released a statement revealing it received a wave of positive tests for numerous clubs that sent their results to a laboratory in New Jersey.
The NFL has conducted well over 100,000 COVID-19 tests since camp began with a positivity rate that's a fraction of 1% and dropping. A sudden flood of positives from different testing sites, all processed by the same lab, raises a red flag. https://t.co/UOuBGzL4LR
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 23, 2020
The NFL partnered with BioReference Laboratories to oversee more than 100,000 tests conducted among league personnel. The NFL originally anticipated going through more than 40,000 coronavirus tests each week before ending its daily testing of all players. However, the league later agreed with the NFLPA to extend daily testing until early September.