OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens on Saturday stated they have been knowledgeable by the NFL that “a minimum of 4 distinctive strains” of COVID-19 have been discovered inside their facility in the course of the workforce’s outbreak.
“Three of the 4 have been stopped and never unfold inside our group,” Ravens president Dick Cass said in a statement. “Sadly, the fourth was a highly-contagious pressure and unfold all through our group.”
The outbreak in Baltimore was one of many largest in skilled sports activities.
Not less than one Ravens participant examined optimistic for 10 straight days. Baltimore positioned 23 gamers on the reserve/COVID-19 listing throughout that span.
“From the outset, we have now taken the virus severely, very severely,” Cass stated. “… Regardless of our greatest efforts, the protocol is barely as efficient as our weakest hyperlink. With a harmful virus like this, everybody should adjust to the protocol to keep away from infecting many. We now know that not everybody on the Ravens adopted the protocol totally.”
The Ravens lately introduced a employees member had been disciplined. In response to a supply, the workforce’s power and conditioning coach was suspended for not at all times carrying a masks and contact-tracing gadget within the facility.
The outbreak compelled the latest Ravens-Steelers game to be postponed thrice.
The Ravens, who’ve had 4 straight days with out a optimistic check, lowered its reserve/COVID-19 listing to 10 gamers on Saturday.
“We can’t undo what has occurred,” Cass stated. “However, we will do our greatest to study from what has occurred and be vigilant shifting ahead to make sure that it doesn’t occur once more. Because the latest expertise has proven us, this virus doesn’t want a big opening to unfold inside a company, and 99% compliance just isn’t a passing grade when coping with this virus.”