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The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a staff member test positive for the coronavirus.
Up until Week 9 the Pittsburgh Steelers had been one of a handful of teams who hadn’t had any type of issues with COVID-19 within their own walls. No players, coaches or personnel had tested positive for the virus.
Well, on Saturday that all changed.
According to Burt Lauten, Steelers Direct of Public Relations, there was a staff member who tested positive for the virus. This per the Steelers verified Twitter account:
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 7, 2020
The statement reads:
“The Steelers were informed this morning that a staff member tested positive for COVID-10, and he has self-quarantined. The Steelers are working with the NFL and medical advisors to complete the necessary contact tracing.
We will continue to evaluate the situation and make appropriate adjustments as necessary, that best protect our players, coaches and staff members.”
The good news in this situation is it wasn’t a player, but without any specifics there is no way of knowing if this staff member is in regular contact with members of the coaching staff, or players. As the Steelers conduct their contact tracing efforts, we will know more about who might be considered “high risk” and potentially have to self quarantine.
The NFL’s protocols have all members of the organization test every day, so tracking a positive shouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary. Now the waiting game begins to see if this is just a blip on the radar, or if they are further measures need to be taken. In the meantime, the Steelers are scheduled to travel to Dallas Saturday for their game against the Cowboys on Sunday in Week 9.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for their latest challenge during the 2020 regular season.