Vikings’ head of an infection management exams constructive for COVID-19 proper earlier than coaching camp

The Vikings introduced Monday that the person answerable for the workforce’s COVID-19 protocols has tested positive for the virus.

Eric Sugarman, the workforce’s head athletic coach who lately was appointed Minnesota’s an infection management officer as a part of its effort to start out the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, has not had current contact with gamers, in response to the workforce, and no extra instances throughout the Vikings entrance workplace have been recognized.

The final of Vikings veterans are scheduled to report to coaching camp Tuesday, however gamers will not be permitted to enter the power till they obtain three negative COVID-19 test results throughout an preliminary testing interval. As is the case for all NFL groups, the Vikings’ coaching camp actions for veterans are scheduled to start Aug. 1 with physicals and tools distribution.

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“We realized over the weekend Minnesota Vikings Head Athletic Coach and Vice President of Sports activities Medication and the workforce’s An infection Management Officer Eric Sugarman, together with members of his household, examined constructive for COVID-19,” the Vikings stated Monday in a press release. “Eric instantly shared his outcomes with the group and started to observe the beforehand established complete protocol created by the NFL and nationwide and native well being consultants. Eric and his household are presently in self-quarantine and offering day by day updates on their well-being.

“We have now adopted the workforce’s protocol for sanitizing the power and for notifying any personnel who could have been in shut contact with Eric. These people have been examined and are returning underneath the established pointers. …

“Eric will proceed to meet his position because the workforce’s ICO just about as a lot as potential, and his athletic coaching workers and different Vikings personnel will help the place essential. We want Eric and his household a fast and full restoration and stay up for him returning to the Vikings when acceptable.”

Added Sugarman in his personal assertion: “This weekend my household and I examined constructive for COVID-19. We instantly quarantined and started to observe the established protocols. At the moment we’re all doing high-quality and experiencing solely gentle signs.”

NBC Sports activities’ Peter King famous Monday that Sugarman “has been one of the league leaders in formulating anti-COVID plans for workforce services.” Sugarman lately took King behind the scenes on the Vikings’ facility in Eagan, Minn., to offer an instance of how NFL groups had ready for the gamers’ arrival.

Minnesota has put in 4 COVID-19 testing bays and a single entry level, full with temperature checks and sanitation, at its facility. The workforce additionally established social distancing protocols in its locker room, chilly/sizzling tubs, showers, coaching rooms, assembly rooms and cafeteria.