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FC Cincinnati player confirmed positive for COVID-19; all other players, staff members return negative tests

UPDATE (9/26/20, 3:50 pm ET): Defender Nick Hagglund revealed on social media Saturday that he was the FC Cincinnati player confirmed to be positive for COVID-19.

Hagglund said he began to show symptoms on Thursday shortly after being tested for COVID-19. After that test came back positive he was tested again on Friday with the results confirming him as positive. The 28-year-old said his wife also took a test, which came back negative, and that they are closely monitoring their daughter for any symptoms.

ORIGINAL STORY (09/26/20, 1:35 pm ET)

FC Cincinnati announced on Saturday that a first-team player has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 after receiving two positive test results. All other players and staff members have returned negative test results and do not have symptoms.

The club's game with NYCFC on Saturday remains scheduled to go ahead at 7 pm ET (TV & streaming).

The player, the first for Cincinnati to test positive, is symptomatic, the club said, and has been self-isolating under strict and detailed protocols. The player will remain in isolation until medically cleared and will be monitored and tested daily by the club's medical staff.

As a result of this confirmed positive test, the club announced that it will now begin daily testing of all close contacts within the first team and soccer staff. The team has also implemented contact tracing in conjunction with Hamilton and Clermont County health officials.

As part of detailed health and safety protocols, all players, technical staff and essential club staff are tested every other day with aggregated results announced every Friday.


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