WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Ezekiel Elliott of Dallas Cowboys infected with COVID-19, among other players in the NFL who contracted the virus.
- ESPN’s Ian Rapoport clarified that infected players did not get the infection from team facilities.
- Texas is currently facing a sudden increase in coronavirus cases, with the state recording new highs for hospitalizations last week.
Numerous players of the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys were infected with coronavirus, as reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The particular number of athletes from each squad was not disclosed.
And while most of the players are unidentified, a representative for Ezekiel Elliott confirmed to Rapoport that the football running back for Cowboys is infected with the coronavirus.
Because of privacy laws, the Dallas team opted no to remark on Elliott’s COVID-19 test results or reveal the name of other team members who diagnosed with the bug.
Cowboys said that federal and local laws on privacy wouldn’t allow them to divulge further information about the health of their staff or members. They also added that the team is complying with all local, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and NFL procedures to ensure the safety of all facilities as well as restrictive access to employees.
Rapoport reported that the infected members did not contract COVID-19 from facilities officially owned by the team.
Texas is in the midst of a major coronavirus upsurge, with the state reaching new record highs for hospital admissions in most days in the past week.
In merely three days after Houston reopened the city at 25 less than 100 percent capacity, CBS News said on Monday that officials there might implement stay-at-home measures and could potentially transform the NRG Stadium in Texas into a provisional coronavirus hospital.
Texas, however, was only one of the states in the situation.
Currently, there are over 20 states that have reported sudden increases in COVID-19 cases, such as Arizona, Florida, Washington, Georgia, and other regions with their own NFL teams.
What seemed to be a threatening development was despite the chief medical authority of NFL’s claim that the league will resume in early June. The recent spike in COVID-19 cases had seemed to break the projection.