The NFL and NFLPA have released their latest testing results from the most recent period of testing period, and there is an uptick in cases league-wide.
During the testing period spanning from Nov. 1 to 9, they confirmed 56 new positive cases of coronavirus. There were 11 new positives among players and 46 from staff members.
This is more than double last week’s results, when there were 25 new positive cases among players and staff. Case numbers league-wide have steadily increased since the beginning of the season.
In total, 42,978 tests were administered to 7,922 players and personnel. The league and players’ association continue to test Tier 1 and 2 individuals daily.
The drastic increase comes as the Pittsburgh Steelers are experiencing their first personal COVID-19 situation of the season after tight end Vance McDonald tested positive for the virus. He was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list Monday.
Four Steelers players, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, have also been placed on the reserve list after likely close contact with McDonald.