Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coach tests positive for coronavirus, per report

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An assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has tested positive for coronavirus, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. As a result of this, two other assistants for the team have had to self-quarantine to prevent further spread of the respiratory disease within the organization.

The reports broke Thursday night, and Schefter added that the Bucs assistant in question was asymptomatic despite the positive test. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the role that asymptomatic people have in the transmission of COVID-19 not yet known.

If there’s any amount of optimism to extract from this story, it’s that the two assistants who are being forced to quarantine are presumably the two people that the infected assistant in question really came into close contact with. As of writing this article, no players have tested positive within the organization.

Buccaneers coaches returned to the team training facility, One Buccaneer Place, on Monday. There’s no word on how many other coaches were around this assistant before their positive test became known.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida passed a state record for most coronavirus cases recorded in a single day on Thursday with 3,207. Approximately 21 percent of those came from the Tampa Bay area, which only accounts for 13 percent of the state’s population.

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