Stadium worker in Seattle tests positive for coronavirus

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Stadium worker in Seattle tests positive for coronavirus

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A part-time CenturyLink field employee who worked a Seattle Dragons game last month tested positive for the coronavirus, King County officials said.

The county announced Thursday that the stadium employee worked the Feb. 22 game against the Dallas Renegades.

King County Public Health worked with the employee and the stadium’s operator, First and Goal, to evaluate the potential exposure.

Health officials said the risk of infection for attendees was low.

“County officials advise that no extra precautions are required for those who attended the Feb. 22 game or who will attend upcoming events, but all King County residents should know that the risk for infection with COVID-19 is increasing in our community, should be aware of their symptoms, and call their health care provider if they develop a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems,” officials said in a news release.

King County Public Health is following up with a few co-workers who had close contact with the employee during the game to provide guidance on appropriate precautions.

As of now, Seattle’s professional sports teams will continue scheduled events.

KIRO-TV reached out to First and Goal, and it released this statement:

“A part-time employee of CenturyLink Field has tested positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus. The last time the employee worked at CenturyLink Field was on February 22. The employee did not show symptoms at that time and has not been onsite since. We are actively working with local and federal health agencies as well as league offices (NFL, MLS, XFL) on the latest recommendations and guidelines to ensure the safest environment possible for our guests and staff. CenturyLink Field has implemented heightened sanitation procedures and processes, including enhanced cleaning treatments to disinfect all areas of the stadium before and after every event, additional hand sanitizing stations, and continued staff training and education. Public Health - Seattle & King County has determined this to be a low risk of infection for patrons at the game."

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