Word broke this afternoon via Adam Schefter that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

From Schefter / ESPN:

Payton is the first person in the NFL world known to test positive for the virus.

Payton said he didn’t feel well this past Sunday, took the test on Monday, and received the results Thursday afternoon. Payton is resting at home, fatigued, but said he is one of the 20 percent of the cases that has no fever and no cough. But now he will be quarantined in his home through the weekend, and he said he is upbeat and optimistic about a full recovery.

Payton said he came forward with the diagnosis because he wants all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside, and behave responsibly.

ESPN has more from Payton on his diagnosis here.

Payton mentions the need for not only social distancing; but for just about everything to shut down for two weeks to stop the spread of the virus. Please.

New Orleans is a hot spot in the US with many cases currently being diagnosed after tens of thousands of people from all over the world traveled to the area for Mardi Gras a few weeks back.

Please join us in praying for a complete recovery for Sean!


Update: Payton has released this update.

“Appreciate the well wishes,” he tweeted. “I’m feeling better and fortunate to not have any of the respiratory symptoms. 4 more days at home.”

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