The National Football League expressed confidence Monday in its testing program for the coronavirus after a weekend scare in which 77 positive tests turned out to be, according to the company running the program, “most likely false positive results” attributable to “an isolated contamination” in a New Jersey lab.
The league also announced a new set of test results for the nine-day period ending Thursday in which, according to the NFL, there were zero confirmed new positive tests of players.
“To me, the most important thing is that we’ve gotten through four weeks thus far without any of our clubs having a major outbreak,” Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said during a conference call with reporters. “Certainly it’s far too early to celebrate that. But I do think that we should acknowledge that our clubs have done a terrific job — players, coaches and staff — in following our protocols, and I think our protocols are working. I think we’ve shown that they are having the results that we want. And the events of this weekend shouldn’t change that view.”