By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to the USA Today Sports, a Seattle Dragons player has been tested positive for the coronavirus. The player has not been identified at this time.
The Dragons played in Seattle, Washington before the league decided to suspend its operations for the rest of the season on Thursday night. The league says that they plan on coming back in 2021 and beyond.
The coronavirus has shut down sports teams all over the United States. There are very little events going on at this time, except for maybe small tracks around the country. The PBR is hosting an event this weekend in Duluth, Georgia without fans.
Many small race tracks around the country are also hosting events.
The league said that the player reported to them on Tuesday that he began suffering the symptoms of the disease. He has been in quarantine ever since.
On Friday, he received the results of the test, which were positive.
This player in question played in the team’s last two games against the Houston Roughnecks and the St. Louis BattleHawks. During this time, the league said the player in question were “asymptomatic.”
“The league is alerting players, staff, vendors, and partners associated with the Dragons, Roughnecks, and BattleHawks,” the XFL said in a statement. “The XFL is monitoring the situation closely and taking every measure necessary in accordance with recommendations set forth by the CDC.”
This player with the Dragons is the only known player, who has tested positive, according to XFL spokeswoman Stephanie Rudnick. He joins Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, who are the other known American athletes, who also have it.
The Seattle area has been a hotbed for this disease. The actual first death in the United States from this coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – was in King County, Washington.
This area, according to Washington Courts, has Algona, Auburn, Aukeen, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bothell, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Hunts Point, Issaguah, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Maple Valley, Medina, Mercer Island, Normandy Park, North Bend, Pacific, Redmond, Renton, SeaTac, Seattle, Shoreline, Skykomish, Snogualmie, Tukwila, Vashon Island, Woodinville, and Yarrow Point. This includes the most populous city in the state in Seattle.
The Guardian reported earlier today that the Seattle area is the “center of the US coronavirus outbreak.”
The story says that the state has the most cases of this disease – also the most deaths.
The World Health Organization has declared it a pandemic. Also, President Donald Trump has declared it a national emergency, giving states funding to help fight the disease.
“We are leading the rest of the country,” Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington State epidemiologist for communicable disease, said in the post. “They are using all our experience. … as they’re finding the same amount of activity in their state.”
This past Thursday, there was 457 cases in the state, including 31 deaths. There is more now, two days later.
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