49ers shut down practice facility days after playing Seahawks

Lindsey Wisniewski
·2 min read

49ers shut down practice facility days after playing Seahawks originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Just three days after the Seattle Seahawks Week 8 win over the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field, the 49ers are shutting down their practice facility due to a positive COVID-19 test.  

Per NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco and Jennifer Lee Chan, the 49ers closed their Santa Clara facility due to a positive COVID test on Wednesday. 

Chan confirmed the player to test positive is Portland native Kendrick Bourne, who went to Benson High School in Portland and Milwaukie Academy of the Arts in Milwaukie, Oregon. 

The 49ers confirmed the positive test and released a statement following the news. 

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As Maiocco mentions, three 49ers players have already been listed on the NFL’s COVID-19 list this season: Linebacker Fred Warner, wide receiver Richie James, and running back Jeff Wilson.

The Seahawks have yet to have a positive test for the COVID-19 virus.

Pete Carroll said his team was taking extreme precaution this season in creating a bubble-like environment for players and staff, and introducing stringent protocols.

“This is a bubble, of sorts. That’s how we’re living it,” Carroll told reporters in October. “What has to happen is, our awareness and our attentiveness have to be on, so that we don’t allow somebody to get into us.”

The 49ers are not the only NFL team to close their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Cleveland Browns began conducting meetings remotely Monday after a player reported experiencing coronavirus-related symptoms.

The Baltimore Ravens recently placed seven defensive players on the COVID list following Marlon Humphrey's positive COVID-19 test after Baltimore's Week 8 loss to Pittsburgh. 

There is no word yet from Seattle on whether San Francisco’s positive COVID-19 test will have an impact on their Week 9 travel plans. The Seahawks are expected to take on the Bills in Buffalo for the first time since 2008.