There is intention of the union and some teams, to improve the protocols of the league
Monday, an unusually high number of tests COVID-19 positive made the NFL and the NFLPA Consider additional changes to the league’s COVID protocols as the NFL regular season enters its final four weeks.
Sources informed Adam schefter from ESPN that the league had 37 tests COVID positive on Monday. These numbers tend to be highest on Monday because this is when most teams test their vaccinated players and staff (who must be tested once a week, as opposed to unvaccinated players, who test daily). But to put Monday’s number into perspective, the league had just 72 positive tests in a two-week period from Nov. 14 to Nov. 27.
A memorandum is expected to be released Tuesday to inform teams that all Level 1 and Level 2 employees must receive a booster vaccination of COVID-19, sources pointed out to Dianna Russini from ESPN.
ESPN it was learned that one of the positive tests on Monday included a case of the variant Omicron in Washington and that at least five teams (the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, and Chicago Bears) agree to improve protocols COVID, to have daily tests regardless of the vaccination status, mandatory mouth covers at the team’s facilities and other strict measures.
The positive case of the Omicron variant in Washington was a Level 3 employee who had limited contact with other members of the organization, sources told Schefter.
The NFLPA has continued to push for all players and staff to conduct daily testing, regardless of vaccination status, as a means of identifying and tracking cases earlier and preventing spread at team facilities. The league has resisted the union’s requests for daily testing, saying that resources can be better targeted at different parts of the fight against COVID and that daily testing could lead to a false sense of security and less strict adherence to the tests. other protocols.
It’s unclear what kind of protocol changes the league and union could make, as those discussions were just beginning in light of Monday’s news. With the expectation of an increase in positive cases after Thanksgiving, the league and union implemented stricter measures for the week immediately following Thanksgiving.