The Saints have skilled eight reported instances of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, together with six offensive coaches, one participant and one nutritionist, according to ESPN.
The participant in query seems to be broad receiver Michael Thomas, who was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 listing on Tuesday. He was already on the bodily unable to carry out listing, so this case will not impression the Saints for this week’s game.
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The Saints haven’t disclosed any additional data on the instances, although affected coaches’ standing for Sunday’s game towards the Panthers is questionable.
Coach Sean Payton introduced all the teaching employees was vaccinated. The vaccination standing of Thomas and the nutritionist is unknown.
That mentioned, NFL gamers and training employees are examined day by day regardless of vaccination standing. Therefore, if the vaccinated are asymptomatic and test unfavorable twice 24 hours aside, they are going to be allowed to return to the workforce. But, if they’re unvaccinated, they must isolate for at the very least 10 days even when they’re asymptomatic. The Saints are actually following the NFL’s enhanced mitigation protocols, which incorporates masks carrying indoors and each day assessments.
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This is the primary large COVID-19 breakout within the NFL this season, and it got here proper after Week 1. The NFL introduced on Sept. 3 that 93 p.c of gamers have been vaccinated. As of now, solely two groups are totally vaccinated: the Falcons and the Buccaneers.
This is not the primary time the Saints have made headlines concerning COVID-19. In March 2020, Payton turned the primary individual related to the NFL to get COVID-19.
GM Mickey Loomis confirmed that Saints are coping with some COVID instances and enhanced protocols however didn’t share many specifics. Said Saints have a coach in Sean Payton who does an incredible job coping with adversity and “we’ll handle it.” https://t.co/1dzttSGPpM
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) September 15, 2021
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