The NFL sent teams updated COVID-19 protocols Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.
Anyone who tests positive now is allowed to return to the team facility the same day if a rerun and a point-of-care test both come back negative.
Previously, any player or other team personnel with a “preliminary positive” test had to wait at least 24 hours for another point-of-care test to come back negative.
The new protocol accelerates the process of identifying false positives. Thus, if a player tests positive on a Saturday — and it’s determined to be a false positive — he still could play the following day.
If the point-of-care test is positive, it is treated as a new confirmed positive case subject to additional protocols. If the rerun is positive but point-of-care test is negative, then the individual still must quarantine at least until the next day pending results of the second point-of-care test.
In-season testing cadence still is being finalized, per Pelissero.
NFL accelerates process of identifying COVID-19 false positives originally appeared on Pro Football Talk