Texans-Chiefs Fan Positive for COVID-19, 10 Others Now Must Quarantine

by Thad Mitchell
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Ten Kansas City Chiefs fans in attendance at Arrowhead Stadium will now quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19.

There were 15,895 fans in the stands for the NFL’s opening game that saw the Chiefs defeat the Houston Texans. Now, the Chiefs organization says one fan in attendance had COVID-19.

Teams Issues Statement

The Chiefs released a statement on Thursday urging 10 fans to quarantine. They did not specify the amount of time each person needs to quarantine but national health officials suggest a 10 to 14 day period.

“The individual and the individual’s group were in the lower level of the stadium,” the Chiefs statement says. “By design, the stadium’s COVID protocol plan limited potential exposure to a single seating zone within the stadium. All staff with known interactions with the positive case were required to wear personal protective equipment, including a mask. Additionally, the protocols in place at the stadium require all attendees to wear masks inside the stadium.”

The statement went into further detail on discovery of the infectious fan.

“The contact tracing mechanisms that the club has in place, including parking and ticket scanning data, as well as video record review, indicate that the individual who has presented positive and the individual’s party entered the stadium in compliance with mask mandates. This process allowed the team to identify the other guests sitting with this individual, the service staff with whom this individual may have come in contact with, as well as any other ticket holders near this person at the time of entry into the stadium. Within hours of being notified, the Chiefs were able to pinpoint the names of the other members of the party as well as detailed information about the path and location of entry, and this information was provided to the Health Department.

Chiefs Made Attendance Decision

The Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars were the only two NFL teams to allow fans into their stadiums during opening weekend. The NFL allowed teams to set their own attendance policies with the understanding that the policy would follow local guidelines and protocols, according to CBS Sports.

ESPN reports all player tests for both teams were negative following the game. A Stadium groundskeeper did test positive, but Chiefs officials say he did not interact with any players during the game.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc for the majority of 2020 and has forced numerous entertainment venues to adapt.

H/T: CBS Sports

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