NFL COVID-19 updates: Chicago Bears close facility after positive test

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

The Chicago Bears closed their Halas Hall facility Thursday morning to all football activities after they were notified of a positive COVD-19 test.

The team didn't specify whether the individual was a player, coach or staffer but indicated that it would conduct all Thursday meetings virtually.

"This morning we were notified that we had a positive COVID-19 test," the team said in a statement. "As a result, the club has elected to pause all in-person football activities today and close Halas Hall. Instead, all meetings will be conducted virtually. The individual who tested positive has been contacted and has already begun self-isolation. We are working with the NFL medical experts to identify close contacts and follow the league's guidance. The health and safety of our team, players and staff are the highest priority."

This is the second time Chicago has shuttered its facility because of a positive test. On Nov. 5, the Bears closed Halas Hall because a player tested positive. The team returned to practice the following day.

The Bears are set to host the Houston Texans Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. This comes after the NFL ordered the mandatory closing of all 32 team facilities for two days after playing games in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus throughout the individual teams.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge throughout the globe. The United States recorded a record 3,124 deaths Wednesday because of COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.

Lorenzo Reyes

USA Today

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