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Garth Lagerwey: Seattle Sounders staffer with COVID-19 recovering, in good spirits

The Seattle Sounders staffer who tested positive for COVID-19 is feeling better and on the road to recovery, according to general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey.

Speaking during his weekly interview with 950 Sports Radio KJR in Seattle, Lagerwey provided an update on the staffer after the club announced last Sunday that they tested positive for the virus and were in appropriate isolation protocol. The release also said that after consultation with club medical staff, infectious disease specialists and public health authorities, it was determined that the case didn't present a risk to the public, the visiting team (Columbus Crew SC) for Seattle's match on March 7 at CenturyLink Field, or any Sounders players.

"I'm pleased to say that the impacted individual is recovering and in good spirits," Lagerwey told host Jackson Felts. "They've taken all the precautions to make sure they don't make anyone else sick, so being a good, responsible member of the community."

As for his message to fans eagerly awaiting the return of MLS, Lagerwey said he similarly hopes that the season can resume as soon as possible. Still, he emphasized that it's imperative to wait until health experts have deemed matters safe to do so.

"Just hang in there," Lagerwey said. "This is a difficult situation, it's an unprecedented one. But if we hang together we can get through it, we can overcome this. We the Sounders are taking every possible precaution to protect our players, our staff and the fans, and we urge the community to do the same thing.

"Again, [the message is] to remain hopeful, to keep asking questions like, 'When are the Sounders going to play?' and look forward to the future. And hopefully by taking some of these drastic actions right now we can flatten the curve and we can get to a future that looks and feels a lot more normal more quickly with less damage than we might otherwise. So, stick together, hang in there, we're all in this together and we're gonna get through it."  

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