UPDATE: Colts say COVID tests were false positives; Sunday’s game remains on schedule

The Indianapolis Colts said midday Friday that positive COVID-19 results for individuals in the organization were incorrect and that further testing has confirmed the individuals are negative for the virus.

“After consultation with the NFL and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills, the team will open the practice facility this afternoon under the league’s intensive protocol and will continue preparation for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati,” the team said in a statement.

The update came several hours after the Colts initially announced that “several individuals within our organization” had tested positive for the virus.

In the initial statement, the Colts had said it was in the process of confirming the tests and had closed its practice facility. “The team will work remotely while following NFL protocols,” the original statement said. “We are in communication with the NFL and will have more information when available.”

The Atlanta Falcons closed their facility Thursday following a second positive test for COVID-19, the Tennessee Titans played Tuesday following a 16-day layoff because of an outbreak, and the New England Patriots have twice had their original Week 5 matchup against Denver postponed following four positive coronavirus tests by players. They’re set to play Sunday.

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12 thoughts on “UPDATE: Colts say COVID tests were false positives; Sunday’s game remains on schedule

    1. Nah. It will likely be extended past the original Super Bowl date , in order to play previously cancelled games, but I don’t see it ending. Titans are a good example. They had something like 25 test positive over a period of a couple weeks. They dealt with it, eventually all tested negative, and they came back and put a beat down on a good 4-0 team.

      And remember when the Marlins had a ton of players test positive? That was supposed to be the end of the baseball season. But they dealt with it and even made the playoffs.

      There will be disruptions but the league will play on.

    1. I am sure that will bring great comfort to the family and friends of the 3654 that have died so far.

    2. Maybe someday we will get the true data on annual deaths.

      How many heart disease, cancer, flu, diabetes, car accident, suicide, drug overdose, etc deaths will magically not be reported or double counted with COVID-19 as the cause?

      Election infection in full affect.

  1. These tests are not super reliable, As Susie points out to Mark, false negatives are also possible, and generally happen more often than false positives. So for all anyone knows, the initial positives for the Colts were correct and today’s tests could be false negatives. Personally, if false negatives happen in 10%-20% of the tests, if I was concerned I had been exposed, I’d get one test every other day for three days from different testing locations. If all three were negative, then I’d be almost certain to be negative. The math comes to 20% x 20% = 4% x 20% = 1% probability of all three being false negatives. 10% x 10% = 1% x 10% = 0.1%.

  2. In most games. the ‘scorekeeper” wins. For all the statistics about Covid-19, what really will be meaningful is to see the data for all Indiana fatalities, by category, for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Then people can draw their own conclusions regarding the lethality of Covid-19. For example, “regular flu” deaths may decline dramatically in 2020, because they will be categorized as Covid-19 deaths. Hope we get data for ‘regular flu deaths” for previous years, and ‘all flu deaths” for 2020. Then some simple subtraction will provide a much more meaningful perspective than all the statistical experts who have their own agenda to either hype or downplay the risk. Auto fatalities should be much lower in 2020 as people have driven much less. Don’t be surprised if the ISDH will not report the statistics in this straight-forward, meaningful fashion when 2020 is wrapped up. That would deliver far too much common sense from a government agency.

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