NFL Coronavirus Testing Program Positivity Rate At Less Than 1%
The overall positivity rate for the NFL's coronavirus testing program "has been 0.46%, well below the threshold set this summer for avoiding outbreaks at team facilities," according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills in a conference call yesterday noted that the league through Tuesday had conducted 109,075 COVID-19 tests, and the 0.46% positivity rate "includes all players, coaches and staffers." The player positivity rate "has been 0.81%." During the initial intake process, the league "tested 9,983 people," and the positivity rate for those tests was "1.7% overall and 1.9% for players." Seifert noted the league is "still working through its data reporting system," and for now the positive tests "include 'persistent' cases that represent infections that have been present for months, as well as 'unconfirmed' cases, also known as 'false positives.'" The NFL eventually will "break those cases away from new infections to get a clearer view of viral movement through teams" (ESPN.com, 8/12).
HELPING THE FIGHT: MLB named Spectrum Solutions as a partner in its COVID-19 testing program for the '20 season. Spectrum is supplying MLB and its clubs with its SDNA-1000 saliva collection kits for all player and staff testing. The non-invasive saliva collection device has aided in MLB’s COVID-19 health monitoring and testing plan (MLB).