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59 NFL players, not 95, test positive for COVID-19

The players union says its initial count of positive COVID-19 tests included staff and not just players.

Update: The NFL Players Association adjusted its count of the number of players found to be positive for COVID-19 from 95 to 59 Wednesday. The NFLPA said in a tweet that the initial number included staff members.

Original story from July 21:

The NFL Players Association says 95 players are known to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

That number is up from 72 in the union’s last report on July 10.

On Monday, the NFLPA and the NFL reached agreement on COVID-19 testing as rookies begin reporting to training camps. Most veterans come in next week, though some players rehabbing injuries could report this week.

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Players will be tested daily for the coronavirus for at least the first two weeks of training camp, per the league’s new testing protocols.

After two weeks of daily testing, if the positivity rate of those tests falls below 5% among players and team individuals with close access to them, testing would go to every other day. If the positivity rate doesn’t fall below that threshold, daily testing would continue until it drops.

For most, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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