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Sacramento Republic player tests positive for coronavirus

Unnamed player said to be “in good spirits.”

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Sacramento Republic FC announced on Thursday a player on the current roster has tested positive for coronavirus. The player, who was not named in the announcement, “remains in isolation at home, and is recovering in good spirits, while being monitored by club medical staff,” according to a team release.

The player previously had symptoms consistent with coronavirus and was isolated and tested, with the test coming back positive. The club said that based on available data, the affected player should not have impacted any people present at the club’s only game of the season to date, March 7 at home against FC Tulsa, with the club shutting down daily in-person operations as of March 13.

USL president Jake Edwards released a statement on the situation:

We’re very supportive of Sacramento Republic FC’s handling of their first positive COVID-19 test. As soon as symptoms consistent with the virus were displayed, the individual was immediately placed in self-quarantine and tested. The club followed the protocol and direction of team physicians at UC Davis Health and in alignment with local, state and national health authorities. The individual is now in isolation at home, receiving quality care and recovering in good spirits. We are appreciative of the quick actions taken by the club and their health partner in ensuring the best medical care possible.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to everyone across the country whose lives have been affected by this virus and as an organization we will continue to do our part to flatten the curve.

I believe this is the first pro soccer player to have been confirmed and announced as testing positive for coronavirus. While it hasn’t yet been a common sight to see, like NBA players or Italian soccer players, sadly we could see much more of this to come. Hopefully not, but we’ll see.

Obviously, here’s wishing a full recovery to the player in question and let’s all keep up the fight to battle coronavirus so we can back to our everyday routines.

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