Sean Payton has tested positive for the coronavirus, based on ESPN, making the Saints coach the first particular person within the NFL recognized to have contracted the virus.
How and when Payton turned contaminated with COVID-19 is unclear.
According to the report, Payton took a take a look at Monday and obtained his outcomes Thursday after not feeling properly Sunday. He doesn’t have a fever or a cough however is experiencing fatigue. He shall be quarantined at dwelling by means of the weekend. The report notes Payton is “upbeat and optimistic about a full recovery.”
Payton, 56, has served as New Orleans’ coach since 2006.
“This is not just about social distancing,” Payton informed ESPN. “It’s shutting down right here for every week to 2 weeks. If individuals perceive the curve, and perceive the bump, we will simply work collectively as a rustic to scale back it. Take a minute to know what the specialists are saying. It’s not difficult to do what they’re asking of us. Just that kind of small funding by each certainly one of us may have a dramatic influence.
“I used to be lucky to be within the minority, with out the intense negative effects that some have. I’m fortunate. Younger individuals really feel like they will deal with this, however they could be a provider to somebody who cannot deal with it. So all of us must do our half. It’s vital for each certainly one of us to do our half.
“The concern with Louisiana is the quantity of folks that come out and in of this space after Mardi Gras season. This is an space that docs are involved about. So our dad and mom, and people which might be extra prone to this virus, deserve everybody doing their greatest to fight it.
“There are a whole bunch of individuals proper now in powerful predicaments, combating for their lives. Let’s be a part of the answer, not the issue. We can simply assist cut back the numbers of these impacted. We must do our greatest to beat this and I do know we will.”
NFL offseason packages have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and new tips had been launched across the free company interval that started Wednesday.
Teams have been informed to shut their services to gamers, aside from these present process medically supervised rehab, for the subsequent two weeks.
“Based on the newest steerage offered by main well being officers, and in session with the NFLPA and each our and the union’s medical advisors, we consider that is the suitable solution to shield the well being of our gamers, workers, and our communities,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We will proceed to make choices based mostly on the most effective recommendation from medical and public well being specialists and shall be ready to make additional modifications as wanted.”