Update: The team released the following statement saying there has been one new positive test:
Out of an abundance of caution following one new positive test, we have made the decision to stop all in-person work at IBM Performance Field Thursday and will conduct all operations virtually.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) October 15, 2020
Albert Breer says the new positive test is for a non-player. However, given the test results from earlier in the week, the team is operating out of an abundance of caution.
Per Andrew Krammer, an NFL spokesperson says: “The ESPN report was inaccurate. There is one positive today from a team personnel member (not a player). There’s no change in the status of the ( -Falcons) game at this time.”
It looks like this situation might be closer to what happened with the Jets last week when they had a false positive scare than to other cases where games have needed to be delayed.
We’ll have more on the situation as the news is available
According to Adam Schefter, the Falcons have shut down their team facility after receiving multiple positive COVID-19 test results this morning.
Schefter says there appear to be four new cases in Atlanta. A team official tells him they’re still working to confirm the final number.
The Falcons placed second-round DL Marlon Davidson on the COVID-19 list two days ago. Their opponent this past week, the Panthers, entered the NFL’s new intensive protocols as a precautionary measure on Wednesday.
The Falcons are currently slated to the play the Vikings this Sunday in Week 6.
We’ll have more on the Falcons potential COVID-19 outbreak as the news is available.