Chiefs staff member tests positive for COVID-19

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Published: Nov. 5, 2020 at 11:26 AM CST
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) - A staff member for the Kansas City Chiefs has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Kansas City Chiefs said in a release they were notified Thursday morning that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining under the team’s medical care. Contact tracing is currently taking place.

The team said they are now in the NFL’s Intensive Protocol and working closely with the league and medical experts.

“The health and safety of our players, coaches and staff members remains our number one priority,” the statement read.

The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports Rick Burkholder, Chiefs VP of Sports Medicine and Performance, is the person who tested positive.

“Athletic trainers are on the front lines in the NFL’s fight against the virus and Burkholder is regarded as one of the best,” Pelissero wrote.

The Chiefs said the team will hold practice on Thursday morning and then out of precaution, the facilities will be closed in the afternoon and meetings will be held virtually.

The team said it will continue to monitor the situation and take any appropriate action necessary to protect the team and those around it.

The Chiefs will continue their preparation to play the Panthers on Sunday.

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