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NFL announces multiple positive COVID-19 tests from one laboratory

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Several teams across the NFL have either canceled or postponed practice on Sunday after several COVID-19 tests came back positive from one New Jersey laboratory on Saturday evening.

The NFL released a statement Sunday morning saying they are investigating further into the matter, and that the testing setback only occurred at one of the league's laboratories.

"Saturday's daily COVID testing returned several positives tests from each of the clubs serviced by the same laboratory in New Jersey," the statement read. "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."

Thus far, the NFL has conducted over 100,000 COVID-19 tests, with a positive rate that is a fraction of 1%, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero

Shortly after the NFL released its statement, the Chicago Bears put out their own that said the team had nine tests return positive. But upon further review, all nine positive tests were false positives, and the team will now practice later this afternoon. The team had originally canceled Sunday's practice.

Locally, the Washington Football Team began practice before the NFL's statement and did not stop the session after it came out. The team uses BioReference to conduct its COVID-19 testing. 


The Baltimore Ravens are still scheduled to practice later this afternoon.