NFL reports zero positive COVID-19 tests among players in latest round

By Vincent Frank
Oct 27, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Detailed view of the NFL Sheild logo at midfield during an NFL International Series game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s already well known that the NFL was going to face some uncertainty attempting to play the 2020 season in the COVID-19 era.

The league continues to take precautions to avoid an outbreak similar to what we have seen around the MLB world. That has recently included fining multiple head coaches for not wearing masks. While some might see that as reactionary, it’s clear that the NFL’s COVID-19 policies are working.

NFL reports zero positive COVID-19 results among players

That’s zero positive tests among players out of north of 14,070 that were conducted over the past week. For the NFL, this is the continuation of a tremendous trend on the COVID-19 front since the league started widespread testing.

It’s also all about daily testing, as health experts around the world have noted since the pandemic started early this yer. Between Aug. 12 and Sept. 19, the NFL has administered 94,091 player tests. Seven have come back positive. Testing and contract tracing are obviously working here.

There’s a reason NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Co. are serious about the league’s COVID protocols. They worked with health experts to come up with the best possible plan. After initial concern about playing the 2020 season outside of a bubble, things seem to be working out swimmingly for the league.

If that is to continue, daily testing, contact tracing, wearing masks and the avoidance of large crowds must be in the cards. For now, it’s nothing but great news.