The Vikings announced on Monday that the man in charge of the team’s COVID-19 protocols tested positive for the virus.
Eric Sugarman, the team’s chief athletic trainer who was recently appointed as Minnesota infection controller as part of his efforts to start the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, the team says has had no recent contact with players and no additional cases within the Vikings front office has been identified.
The last Vikings veterans must report to the training camp on Tuesday, but players should not enter the facility until they do three negative COVID-19 test results during an initial test period. As is the case for all NFL teams, the Vikings’ veteran training camp activities will begin distribution of physics and equipment on August 1.
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“Last weekend we learned Minnesota Vikings Head Athletic Trainer and Vice President of Sports Medicine and the team’s Infection Control Officer, Eric Sugarman, along with members of his family, tested positive for COVID-19,” the Vikings said in a statement Monday . Eric immediately shared his results with the organization and began following the previously established comprehensive protocol established by the NFL and national and local health experts. Eric and his family are currently self-quarantined and provide daily updates on their well-being.
“We followed the team’s protocol for cleaning the facility and for informing personnel who may have been in close contact with Eric. Those individuals have been tested and are returning according to established guidelines. …
“Eric will continue to fulfill his role as the team’s ICO to the best of his ability, and his athletic training staff and other Vikings personnel will assist where necessary. We wish Eric and his family a quick and complete recovery and look forward to his return to the Vikings where appropriate. “
Sugarman added in his own statement: “This weekend, my family and I tested positive for COVID-19. We immediately quarantined and started following established protocols. At the moment, we are all doing well and experiencing only mild symptoms. “
NBC Sports ‘Peter King commented Monday that Sugarman has been’ one of the front runners when formulating anti-COVID plans for team facilities. Sugarman recently King took behind the scenes at the Vikings facility in Eagan, Minn., to give an example of how NFL teams had prepared for the players’ arrival.
Minnesota has installed four COVID-19 test tracks and one access point, complete with temperature controls and sanitation, at its facility. The team has also developed social distance protocols in the locker room, cold / hot tubs, showers, training rooms, meeting rooms and cafeteria.