Member of Los Angeles Chargers organization tests positive for coronavirus, according to report

Jori Epstein
USA TODAY

Published 3:38 PM EDT Apr 15, 2020

A member of the Los Angeles Chargers has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report.

Two more, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, have also shown symptoms.

Schefter didn’t identify the three people in his report. He did say owner Dean Spanos, general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Anthony Lynn hadn’t tested positive or shown symptoms.

“Everyone is doing well and is on the road to recovery,” team spokesman Josh Rupprecht told ESPN.

According to Schefter, the first member of the Chargers organization was diagnosed about two weeks after the team shut down offices on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic. About a dozen employees worked, at a distance from one another, until March 17, Schefter said. Exposed employees self-quarantined.

Few reports have surfaced of NFL employees testing positive for COVID-19 as the country, and NFL facilities, remain shut down. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, however, was among those diagnosed with COVID-19. Payton detailed his experience in a recent phone interview with USA TODAY’s Jarrett Bell.

A construction worker at SoFi Stadium, the future home of the Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, also was confirmed to test positive.

The NFL has said it will not allow teams to return to facilities until all teams can legally access facilities. Efficient mass testing is among the logistics that teams want to secure before they resume in-person operations.

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