Minnesota Vikings head athletic trainer and infection control officer Eric Sugarman has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Monday.
Sugarman said he and his family tested positive over the weekend, are only experiencing mild coronavirus symptoms and have been quarantining.
“I have an immense amount of pride in the effort I have personally put forth to protect the NFL family, the Minnesota Vikings organization and our community with thoughtfulness and decision-making based on the current science over these last four months,” Sugarman said in a statement shared by the team.
“I am humble to be serving in that capacity as it has been some of the most rewarding work of my career. But as I sit here in quarantine, it is clear this virus does not discriminate. It should continue to be taken seriously,” he added.
Sugarman encouraged others to take necessary precautions and follow guidelines established nationally and locally.
The Vikings said they have followed the team’s protocol for sanitizing the facility and notifying any personnel who may have been in close contact with Sugarman, adding that he has not had recent contact with players and no additional cases within the Vikings front office have been identified at this time.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended sports leagues worldwide, and it remains unclear what form, if any, this year's NFL season may take.
The delayed, abbreviated MLB season is already facing problems with players testing positive.