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NFL’s New Jersey Lab Produces 77 False Positives for COVID-19

Aug 20, 2020; Florham Park, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets offensive linemen participate in drills during training camp at Atlantic Health Center.
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A lab in New Jersey processed 11 NFL teams COVID-19 tests, and 77 players came back positive. However, the same 77 players who tested positive, tested again at their training facility and tested negative.

A few teams who use the lab for results are the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, and Cleveland Browns.

Unfortunately, the teams had to deal with the possibility of losing some key players for a few days. Furthermore, the teams also lost practice time and meetings they had that day.

Moreover, all teams who had players test positive had to follow NFL guidelines. Players were removed from practice as well as coaches or staff from meetings who tested positive.

NFL is Investigating

Now, the NFL is investigating the 77 test results that came back positive and what may have went wrong. They released a statement about it on Sunday.

“We are working with our testing partner, BioReference, to investigate these results, while the clubs work to confirm or rule out the positive tests. Clubs are taking immediate precautionary measures as outlined in the NFL-NFLPA’s health and safety protocols to include contact tracing, isolation of individuals and temporarily adjusting the schedule, where appropriate. The other laboratories used for NFL testing have not had similar results.”

Hopefully, the NFL will share results when they find out what happened with the lab.

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