NFL’s top doctor says increase in positive tests reflects situation around the country

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Early this season, the NFL could go weeks at a time without a player testing positive for COVID-19. That’s no longer the case.

In the last week, 17 players tested positive, and that’s a number that has to be concerning to the league, and to anyone who wants to see the season completed.

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer, said today that the numbers of positive cases in the NFL “reflects the continued uptick we’re seeing in cases around the country.”

In all, last week the NFL administered 17,161 tests to 2,482 players and 25,987 tests to 5,374 personnel. In addition to the 17 new confirmed positive tests among players, there were 35 new confirmed positives among other personnel.

25 responses to “NFL’s top doctor says increase in positive tests reflects situation around the country

  1. I’m not a math major but you have 43148 total tess with 52 positive. That equals almost a .1% positive rate. Please let me know when I should clutch my pearls.

  2. Well that’s definitely a less damning way of saying it than “it reflects us putting hundreds of guys in close proximity with one another on a weekly basis with inadequate protection while we pretend it’s somehow not unsafe just because it’s making us a lot of money”.

    2020 is definitely the year of denial of reality.

  3. Though, I wouldn’t look at it under total tests, just under total persons tested. With 52 positive out of 7856 then that is 0.66% tested positive. Though, as Jerry Jones stated on his radio interview this morning, no one in the NFL has been hospitalized for Covid after testing positive. Honestly, figure the NFL is doing a decent job at containing the spread, same as MLB did after the first few weeks.

  4. kevpft says: “Well that’s definitely a less damning way of saying it than “it reflects us putting hundreds of guys in close proximity with one another on a weekly basis with inadequate protection while we pretend it’s somehow not unsafe just because it’s making us a lot of money”.
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    Sorry, but none of the COVID positive tests and subsequent contact-tracing has been attributed to contact on the field playing against an opponent. ABSOLUTELY NONE.

    In fact, a good majority of team positives are NON-PLAYERS (ie team staff, coaches, trainers, etc.) Care to explain how they got when they’re not even on the field?

  5. “In the last week, 17 players tested positive, and that’s a number that has to be concerning to the league, and to anyone who wants to see the season completed.”

    “Concerning” is pretty dramatic word…how about “…that’s a number that has to be comforting to the league…”.

    With the dramatic increase around the world the fact that only 17 NFL employees/players tested positive should be welcomed news. When you take into account the fact that 100% are getting tested whereas in the real world tested percentages fall under 20%, start the party; we may actually get a full season of football!

  6. WEAR A MASK!
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    Wearing masks does nothing when you’re sharing gas pumps and ATM machines and grocery store check out machines. Our germs are everywhere.

  7. Well it is mid-November. Which is typically flu and cold season. Of course this strain of covid would be arpound more during cold and flu season. The testing is just so inaccurate it is tough to belive anything that you hear. I had covid – a walk in the park. no symptoms. But why is that lumped in with the same case when someone dies?

  8. I’m so glad a top doctor was able to figure that out for us. I don’t think anyone else could have put that together.

  9. The league is just ignoring the rise in cases. All of us have to follow the rules but not nfl players? That’s total BS.

  10. And the death rate and sick rate continues to plummet. Buggiest propaganda in our lifetime. We have been wearing masks for months and the spread is at an all time high. But we should keep listening to these same donkeys.

  11. mackcarrington says:
    November 17, 2020 at 3:12 pm
    The NFL should be “turning the corner” with the rest of the country.
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    Serious or sarcasm?
    Seeing how there are more thumbs up for that comment, does that mean the majority PFT readers are buying into that BS hype that is totally wrong or else they are catching onto the sarcasm?
    Which one is it?

  12. 50Stars says:
    November 17, 2020 at 3:58 pm
    Well it is mid-November. Which is typically flu and cold season. Of course this strain of covid would be arpound more during cold and flu season. The testing is just so inaccurate it is tough to belive anything that you hear. I had covid – a walk in the park. no symptoms. But why is that lumped in with the same case when someone dies?
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    You claim that we should not believe anything we hear or in this case read.
    Then why should you believe that you tested positive for Covid when you didn’t have any symptoms and why should any of us believe your story?

    As to answer your question, it is not lumped in.
    If you really had it and survived it will be with the numbers of those who had it and survived.

    Your casual attitude towards a deadly sickness does not mean we should take it lightly.
    We should all wear masks and do all the other preventive measures.

  13. orechia says:
    November 17, 2020 at 5:09 pm
    And the death rate and sick rate continues to plummet. Buggiest propaganda in our lifetime. We have been wearing masks for months and the spread is at an all time high. But we should keep listening to these same donkeys.
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    That’s because a lot are still not wearing masks such as those at Trump’s super spreader rallies and events that have shown increases in Covid cases both at home and on the road for him.

    If you think a mask is an uncomfortable convenience then ask yourself which one is worse. The mask or being hooked up to a ventilator in a hospital where no one can visit you?
    I will put up with the mask and keep my freedom thankyouverymuch.

  14. 43,148 tests to 7,856 people resulting in 52 positive tests. That’s a 0.12% positive test rate, that means 99.88% of the tests came back negative. And a 0.66% positive rate per person. That means 99.34% of the league is negative. 0 hospitalizations, which means 0.00% of the people have been hospitalized, and 100% of the people have not been hospitalized.

  15. And the death rate and sick rate continues to plummet. Buggiest propaganda in our lifetime. We have been wearing masks for months and the spread is at an all time high. But we should keep listening to these same donkeys.

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    Nope, about half of Americans are anti-mask due to taking cues from a guy who just lost to sleepy Joe Biden and will go down as the worst one term leader of all time. So no, we haven’t been earing masks for months. Only a portion of responsible, caring people have been.

  16. Wearing masks does nothing when you’re sharing gas pumps and ATM machines and grocery store check out machines. Our germs are everywhere.
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    Wearing masks does nothing when germs are on surfaces? How about when you touch those surfaces and then touch your face? Wouldn’t a mask be beneficial then? That’s what my doctor says at least.

  17. The lack of taking Covid seriously unlike the rest of the world is a reflection of years of bashing science and a failed leader who called it a hoax.

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