NFL COVID-19 Outbreak: Atlanta Falcons shut down facility after positive test

Ruben Hill
October 16, 2020

The Atlanta Falcons have shut down their facility Thursday and are working remotely due to COVID-19 issues, the team announced.

"Update: An NFL official said just one member of the Falcons' personnel had a positive test, and its not a player".

The stringent precautions - including daily testing, mandatory personal protective equipment and virtual team meetings - were installed after Falcons rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson was placed on the reserve/Covid-19 list.

On Thursday morning, ESPN sports reporter Adam Schefter initially reported, "Falcons are shutting down their facility after multiple positive tests, sources tell ESPN".

This Sunday's Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings game in Minneapolis remains scheduled at the time of this reporting, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Atlanta is the latest National Football League squad forced to close its doors due to the coronavirus.

The Falcons positive follows several around the league, most notably the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots, which both required games to be moved. This is an important game for Atlanta under interim head coach Raheem Morris, and they are near full strength heading into it.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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