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Sounders first team staffer tests positive for Covid-19

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This is the fourth positive test associated with Sounders.

CenturyLink Field can't hold us
CenturyLink Field can’t hold us
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A Seattle Sounders first-team staff member has tested positive for Covid-19, the team announced on Friday. The staffer was immediately quarantined after testing positive on Thursday, will remain in self-isolation until medically cleared, and is being continuously monitored by the team’s medical staff. All other players, coaches and members of the technical staff had negative tests.

This was the fourth positive Covid-19 test associated with the Sounders since March, when a member of the team’s training staff tested positive. Around the time training camp reopened an unidentified player had a positive test, and then Raúl Ruidíaz tested positive while on national team duty with Peru.

After discovering the positive test, training was canceled on Thursday and the team held a modified outdoor-only training session on Friday. Players and staff will now receive daily tests for the near-term future.

The standard procedure in MLS is for players and staff to receive Polymerase Chain Reaction tests every other day.

The Sounders are next scheduled to play on Nov. 24.