Panthers closing facility after 'unconfirmed' positive COVID-19 test

Liz Roscher
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The Carolina Panthers have closed their facility after receiving an “unconfirmed” positive result from their latest round of COVID-19 testing, the team announced Monday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the test is now being re-run to confirm the result.

Later Monday, the Panthers placed guard Michael Schofield on the COVID-19/Reserve list. Placement on the list doesn’t necessarily mean that Schofield tested positive, but that he’s potentially been exposed to the coronavirus and has been placed in quarantine.

According to the Panthers, players and staff will be working remotely Monday and Tuesday, but they plan to be back to normal by Wednesday. Of course, that depends on the result of the second test. That could change if the test comes back positive, and the training room (which is staying open) will likely be closed immediately.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported on Monday morning that the NFL had no positive tests from all players, team personnel, officials and game day assistants. It seems that wasn’t entirely correct, but at least the unconfirmed positive isn’t on one of the four teams playing on Monday night.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 18: Jeremy Chinn #21 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with teammates after making an interception in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Panthers players will not be this close again until at least Wednesday after an unconfirmed positive COVID-19 test result. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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