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Colts Report False Coronavirus Positives and Patriots Call Off Practice

  • October 18, 2020

Although rapid tests for the coronavirus are faster, more convenient and cheaper than typical laboratory tests, they are far less accurate. They more frequently miss cases of the coronavirus, as well as mistakenly label healthy people as infected.

The news of the Patriots’ new case came a day after two of the their most important players, quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore, were taken off the team’s reserve/Covid-19 list and returned to practice. Newton, who joined the Patriots this season, and Gilmore, the reigning N.F.L. defensive player of the year, are expected to play when the Patriots face the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. The team said the game, which had been postponed a week after New England’s earlier virus outbreak, would go ahead as planned.

In Indianapolis, the Colts called off practice and sent their employees home after announcing the team had determined it was dealing with “several” positives, only to call everyone back hours later.

“The four positive samples were re-tested and have been confirmed negative,” the team said in an update posted on Twitter. After consulting the league, the Colts said, they reopened their practice facility “and will continue preparation for Sunday’s game.”

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