New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Tests Positive for Coronavirus
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been diagnosed with Chinese coronavirus.
Payton confirmed the news of his diagnosis on Thursday. He told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he had tested positive on a coronavirus test.
Payton wants “all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside and behave responsibly,” according to Shefter.
The Super Bowl-winning coach shared that he hoped the news of his diagnosis would encourage Louisianans and Americans to do what they can to avoid spreading the disease.
“This is not just about social distancing. It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.”
Payton is one of the most prominent individuals in the sporting world to be diagnosed with the viral disease, possibly second only to the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant.
Louisiana is one of the hardest-hit states in the country by the virus, having thus far incurred 347 diagnosed cases of the disease. This places the state in sixth place for total amounts of cases, trailing New York, Washington, California, New Jersey and Florida.
Fortunately, the 56-year old man has said he’s not experiencing any extreme or severe symptoms. He’s currently self-quarantining in home isolation.