The Seattle Sounders say a member of the team’s support staff is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.
CLUB STATEMENT: Sounders FC issues public information on first confirmed case of COVID-19 surrounding the club.
There is no active risk to the public, and no other confirmed cases within Sounders FC have been identified.
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) March 15, 2020
The team says the staff member worked the club’s match against Columbus on March 7, but did not become ill until four days later. The team said the individual did not have access to the general public and "only had access to the team in controlled areas during the game."
The team said no players or coaches have reported having any symptoms related to the coronavirus.
"We remain in constant communication with a number of regional and national health authorities, and based on the information we collectively have at this time, there is not felt to be a risk to any fans that attended our March 7 match at CenturyLink Field," Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. "The individual that tested positive for COVID-19 did not have access to the public on matchday, and fortunately we have no other confirmed cases within the club at this time. Alongside public health authorities, we are actively monitoring this situation, and should new details emerge, we will continue proactively communicating with our community."