NFL halts daily coronavirus testing for players
NFL halts daily coronavirus testing for all players and staff, memo sent to teams Friday and got by the Associated Press said.
The memo says testing for all players and staff, regardless of their vaccination status, will now be based on whether or not individuals have symptoms. Daily tests are no longer necessary.
“After consultation with our jointly retained infectious disease experts, the NFL and NFL Players Association have updated the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols to eliminate the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated players to determine testing cadence.” , says the memo, according to the AP. . “From now on, all players and multi-level staff will be subject to strategic and targeted testing.”
Daily testing for those vaccinated was halted in December amid a spike in cases caused by the omicron variant.
However, the memo notes that NFL doctors have agreed that positive tests have dropped enough in the league to warrant a different approach to testing.
“This comprehensive symptom-based approach to testing reflects our recent experience with the omicron variant and is consistent with current public health recommendations and best practices used in healthcare,” the memo states, according to AP.
It “provides the best opportunity to quickly identify and treat cases and prevent spread within the facility”.
The NFL’s decision follows a announcement the organization is looking for alternative venues to host the Superbowl in 2022 due to the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles where the event was originally scheduled.
The Hill has contacted the NFL for comment.