Cleveland Browns: Second round of COVID-19 testing brings negative results for all

Cleveland Browns: Second round of COVID-19 testing brings negative results for all
The Cleveland Browns have cancelled Sunday practice while COVID-19 testing irregularities are investigated.

UPDATE: A statement from the Cleveland Browns said all players, coaches and staff tested negative for COVID-19 in a second round of testing.

The building reopens this afternoon, but players who initially tested positive cannot re-enter until they have received a second negative test.

“We’ve concluded our re-testing of each initial presumptive positive result from yesterday among players, coaches and staff. All have come back as negative, which is consistent with the irregularities across the league from multiple teams. As a result, we are reopening our building and will resume football activities this afternoon. As per protocol, the individuals with test results in question may not re-enter the building until they receive another negative test result tomorrow.”
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns cancelled Sunday practice and all other in-building meetings after Saturday COVID-19 testing showing presumptive positive cases in players, coaches and support staff, according to a Browns Spokesperson.

The Browns’ statement said all those who tested positive are asymptomatic.

A statement from the NFL said the presumptive positive tests came out of the same New Jersey laboratory.

The NFL is investigating these results with BioReference, their testing partner.

The Browns’ statement said their facilities are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Other COVID-19 tested laboratories used by the NFL have not shown similar results, according to their statement.

Read the statements in full below:

“Saturday’s daily COVID testing returned several positives tests from each of the clubs serviced by the same laboratory in New Jersey. 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.”
NFL
“After consistently receiving encouraging results from daily testing since returning to the facility in July, the Cleveland Browns’ COVID-19 testing process conducted yesterday initially indicates multiple individual presumptive positive cases that include players, coaches and support staff. Although, we have received indication from the NFL that they are investigating irregularities in lab results that have also impacted other clubs, out of an abundance of caution, we will immediately follow our comprehensive Infectious Disease Emergency Response plan and pause any activity in our building today and conduct meetings virtually. As per plan procedure, the team is also diligently reviewing proximity data for contact tracing and instructed self-isolation for those who tested positive and others as appropriate even though they all remain asymptomatic. Our facility is currently undergoing a thorough deep-cleaning and disinfecting process and is closed to all personnel for the day. We will provide updates as testing results are confirmed and more information is available.”
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