We are experiencing a new norm due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has tremendously changed our way of life. In particular, in the world of professional sports where different leagues are coming up with their contingency plans to savage the 2020 season. Some leagues have succeeded while others felt the cruel side of the coronavirus. Resulting in players contracting COVID-19 while on the premises of their club.
At the moment, the NFL is adamant that the 2020 season will kick off as scheduled amid coronavirus pandemic, defying calls from different associations to call-off the 2020 season.
Minnesota Vikings athletic trainer and infection control officer has tested positive for COVID-19. Ironically, it may sound that the person heading central office is, in fact, positive of coronavirus. They are raising questions on the safety of the players and the entire club fraternity.
Sadly, members of Eric Sugarman’s family have tested positive, and they are in self-quarantine. It is a wake-up call for the NFL, and it shows what to expect ahead of this season. Taking into account that Eric Sugarman, who is in charge of keeping the team safe from getting the virus, is indeed himself positive of the virus.
Despite of having COVID-19, Sugarman will continue his role as an infection control officer virtually as much as possible. And this goes without saying that anyone can get it with a positive test could come from anyone.
On Monday, after receiving the NFLPA approval of the team’s infectious disease emergency response plan, four players of Vikings namely first-round pick Justin Jefferson, offensive linemen Tyler Higby and Blake Brandel and safety Brian Cole 11 will be on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list. The team was quick to note that none of the players came in contact with Eric Sugarman.
The NFL created the COVID-19 reserve list as a way to allow teams to quarantine players who either test positive or come in close contact with a carrier of coronavirus.
On Tuesday, Vikings will welcome approximately 70 or more players, and each of them will be mandated to undergo a COVID-19 test. And this will give the club a sense of clarity for just what percentage of their roster will be sidelined when training camp starts.
We abundantly hope that cases of COVID-19 won’t be the center of the topic and headlines in the coming days, following the endless contingency plans that the NFL had to come up with to have the 2020 season happen despite the COVID-19 pandemic. And we wish everyone in the NFL, NFLPA and the entire fraternity to be safe.
The re-surging of COVID-19 is rapid in states that recently eased their restrictions. The Governors have a hard time determining the best initiative to take, with hospitals recording new patients that are COVID-19 positive on a high rate each day, which is very worrying especially as the time nears for the NFL league to begin its 2020 season. Remember to wear a mask, keep distance and sanitize your hands every time you go out.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.