Despite the suspension placed on all games in the MLS league due to the fear of coronavirus outbreak, the Seattle Sounders have announced that the club has been rocked by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This call was made on Sunday by the MLS club. According to the information made available by the club, a member of the support staff has been tested positive for the virus and the Individual has been placed in what the club called “appropriate isolation protocol.”
The affected member of the support staff reportedly worked the March 7 game between the Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew SC at CenturyLink Field. Meanwhile, the club also stated that the individual at that time of working did have access to the general public due to the nature of the task he performed for the club, he only has access to the team in controlled areas during the game. Also, to alleviate the fear of others, the club stated that the individual didn’t fall ill until four days after the game which suggests that he might not have contracted the virus at the time of the game.
The soccer club, however, admonished the public not to be scared as the professional medical team of health authorities has given a guide to prevent the virus from becoming a threat to a larger public, the visiting team or members of the team.
A statement released by the club further explains the news, it reads;
“Over this current weekend, we were informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 that directly impacted our club,” said Sounders GM & president of soccer Garth Lagerwey. “In a situation like this, our aim is to provide as much information as possible in order to properly inform the public. We remain in constant communication with a number of regional and national health authorities, and based on the information we collectively have at this time, there is not felt to be a risk to any fans that attended our March 7 match at CenturyLink Field. The individual that tested positive for COVID-19 did not have access to the public on matchday, and fortunately, we have no other confirmed cases within the club at this time.
“Alongside public health authorities, we are actively monitoring this situation, and should new details emerge, we will continue proactively communicating with our community. These are trying times, and this is a good reminder for all of us to remain vigilant and to take care of one another. I’m also pleased to relay this impacted individual is recovering and is in good spirits.”