A stadium employee who worked at the XFL’s Seattle Dragons home game Feb. 22 at CenturyLink Field has tested positive for the coronavirus, King County health officials said, but as of now, no games scheduled to be played at the facility have been cancelled.
The MLS’ Seattle Sounders host the Columbus Crew at CenturyLink on Saturday.
The Seattle Times reported that the employee who tested positive for the virus — which causes the disease known as COVID19 — was a concessions vendor.
The Dragons hosted the Dallas Renegades in the Feb. 22 game, which had an attendance of 22,060. The King County press office said in a statement that the risk to those who attended the game is low.
“There are no extra precautions required for those who attended the Feb. 22 game or who will attend upcoming events,” the statement said, “but all King County residents should know that the risk for infection with COVID-19 is increasing in our community.
“As of now, Seattle’s professional sports organizations — Dragons, First & Goal/Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders FC — will continue with scheduled events. The teams are in touch with local health officials and their respective leagues on a regular basis, as this public health issue continues to evolve.”
The XFL said it has established a COVID-19 task force and is closely monitoring the issue, with feedback from the league’s medical advisory board as well as health and public safety officials on a national and local basis.
“The health and safety of the extended XFL family — especially our fans in Seattle — is of the utmost importance,” Jeffrey Pollack, XFL president and COO said in a statement. “We share everyone’s concern about this public health issue and understand it is evolving on a daily basis.”
The Sounders said in a statement that the affected part-time stadium employee did not work any of the team’s events.
“At this time, there has been no recommendation from Public Health — Seattle & King County to adjust scheduling for sporting events, as is the case with Seattle Public Schools and other community institutions,” the Sounders said. “As this situation remains fluid, the club is in real-time communication with key community stakeholders, and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.”
Western Washington has so far been the center of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. In total, 70 people in Washington state have been diagnosed, including 11 people who have died.
ESPN’s Kevin Seifert and Jeff Carlisle contributed to this report.
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