NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (WFRV) Saints head coach Sean Payton has tested positive for the coronavirus, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Saints’ HC Sean Payton tested positive for the coronavirus, he told ESPN on Thursday. Payton is the first person in the NFL world known to test positive for the virus.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
Payton, 56, is the first person in the NFL world, that we know of, to test positive for COVID-19. He told ESPN he did not feel well this past Sunday, took the test on Monday and on Thursday afternoon learned he had tested positive. Payton wanted to come forward about his diagnosis so that the public would take this as a note to stay inside and behave responsibly.
Per ESPN, Payton is “upbeat and optimistic about a full recovery.”
Payton enters this year in his 14th season at the helm for the New Orleans Saints.