Nick Saban will coach after negative COVID test
Alabama Crimson Tide will have their head coach when they take on that Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. Nick Saban has been cleared for return to the field after testing negative coronavirus for the third day in a row, team doctor Dr. Jimmy Robinson with. “Data-reactid =” 16 “> The Alabama Crimson Tide will have their head coach if they take Nick Saban was released for return to the field on Saturday after testing negative coronavirus for the third day in a row, team doctor said Dr. Jimmy Robinson with.
In a statement, Robinson said Saban was “medically cleared to return to action safely and immediately” after Saban tested the negative Saturday.
“According to today’s assessment, coach Saban remains completely asymptomatic. To address the potential for a false positive, the SEC’s Task Force Protocol on Return to Activity and Medical Guidance allows follow-up testing to clarify the person’s return to activity. This protocol requires three negative PCR tests 24 hours apart.
Since Coach Saban remained asymptomatic, he received PCR tests from the SEC-appointed lab on Thursday, Friday and today at 7 a.m. Each of these tests were negative and reported to the Birmingham conference office through the SEC’s test provider. These three negative tests met the SEC protocol for a false positive. As a precaution, two additional PCR tests were performed simultaneously on Thursday and Friday and tested by a separate laboratory. These tests were also negative.
Due to the fact that Coach Saban has remained completely symptom free and has performed five negative PCR tests split between two separate laboratories, the first test will be classified as false positive as of Wednesday according to SEC protocols. That first positive result, in turn, comes from an outside laboratory that we used to supplement the tests required by the SEC. During this process we were in constant communication with the conference office to ensure compliance with all applicable protocols. In accordance with protocol of the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force and with the approval of the University of Alabama Health and Safety Task Force, Coach Saban is medically licensed to return to activity safely effective immediately. “
According to SEC guideline, Saban’s positive test on Wednesday is considered a false positive.
The conference released a statement shortly after Alabamas confirming that Saban had released its COVID-19 logs.
“After being notified by the University of Alabama of a potentially positive COVID-19 test result, with the participation of Nick Saban, the SEC office provided the university with the COVID-19 management requirements set by the SEC’s Medical Guidance Task Force and reviewed the need to follow all local and state health policies.
“In accordance with the conference’s COVID-19 management requirements, PAE, the SEC-backed third-party provider to standardize and deliver tests to the 14 member institutions, has the authorized laboratory to process and report the three tests every 24 hours as needed used to meet the requirements of the Task Force guideline for handling asymptomatic PCR positive tests. “
Nick Saban’s status was unclear after testing positive on Wednesday
Saban required three consecutive negative tests to return to the team. “data-reactid =” 35 “> Saban’s status for the competition was in the air after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Saban, 68, said he was asymptomatic Saban needed three consecutive negative tests to join the team to return.
tested negative on Friday test, which means he would need a negative test on Saturday to return to the field. “data-reactid =” 36 “> This scenario seemed to be a possibility after Saban’s test on Thursday was negative. Saban also tested negative on Friday, which means that he would need a negative test on Saturday to be able to detect that Return box.
Before Saban got the results of his third test, he appeared on ESPN’s “College Day”. He repeated that he had no coronavirus symptoms.
SEC approved laboratory in Mobile, Alabama, according to ESPN. Saban reportedly took the test on Friday morning and learned of his negative result on Friday afternoon. This was how Alabama was able to reverse Saban’s third test so quickly. “Data-reactid =” 40 “> Alabama carried out daily coronavirus tests and was able to reverse the results in just a few hours using a device approved by the SEC. According to ESPN, Saban took the test on Friday morning and found out about his negative result on Friday afternoon. This is how Alabama was able to reverse Saban’s third test so quickly.
Nick Saban wanted to return to the team on Saturday
Saban said he didn’t understand why he couldn’t be in contact with the team when he was still quarantined because of the positive test on Wednesday. According to the NCAA rules that were introduced before COVID-19, only communication from the press box to the field can take place. Saban shouldn’t have entered the stadium if he had still reacted positively to the coronavirus. “Data-reactid =” 42 “> Even before it was resolved, Saban expressed a desire to train Alabama during the game on Saturday. On Friday, Saban said he hadn’t. I don’t understand why he’s not in contact with the team if he was still in quarantine due to the positive test on Wednesday. According to the NCAA rules, which were in place before COVID-19, only communication from the press box to the field is possible. Saban would not have been allowed into the stadium, if he was still positive for coronavirus.
Despite Wednesday’s positive test, there were rumors that Saban would be back in time for Saturday’s game. On Friday, ESPN’s Desmond Howard said he believed Saban would be on the field when Alabama faced Georgia.
I think Nick Saban will be training on the field tomorrow. Enjoy your Friday.
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