A fan watching the Kansas City Chiefs' Thursday night home opener at Arrowhead Stadium against the Houston Texans tested positive for COVID-19 a day after the game, according to the Kansas City Health Department.
The health department, with the help of the Chiefs, then tracked down 10 individuals who came in close contact with the infected person, and they have since been told to quarantine.
“I want to remind everyone that COVID-19 is anywhere and everywhere,” said Dr. Rex Archer, Kansas City’s health director, in an email to the Kansas City Star. “While we’re all tired of it, frustrated and even angry at how it has altered and stricken our lives and livelihoods, we must continue to think of those who have not and will not survive it.”
The Chiefs released the following statement.
"The individual and the individual's group were seated in the lower level of the stadium. By design, the stadium's COVID protocol plan limited potential exposure to a single seating zone within the stadium," the statement reads. "All staff with known interactions with the positive case were required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including a mask. Additionally, the protocols in place at the stadium require all attendees to be wearing masks inside the stadium."
The reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs joined the Jaguars as the only NFL teams to host fans in Week 1, welcoming just under 16,000 to Arrowhead.