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New York Jets’ presumed positive COVID-19 test comes back as false-positive

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 15: New York Jets football helmets on the sideline during the NFL preseason game between the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons on August 15, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.
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The New York Jets’ presumed positive COVID-19 test has officially come back as a false-positive, which keeps Week 5 regularly-scheduled.

It took four long weeks, but the New York Jets have finally received tremendous news.

The organization announced that its presumed positive COVID-19 test Friday morning turned out to be a false-positive.

“This evening, we received negative PCR COVID-19 test results for all players, coaches and personnel,” the Jets’ statement read. “Following a presumptive positive COVID-19 test and out of an abundance of caution to ensure everyone’s health and safety, we sent all players and personnel home this morning. We also initiated all NFL mandated protocols including player isolation, subsequent testing, and contact tracing. As we have thus far, we will continue to follow required health and safety protocols in the best interests of our coaches, players, staff and community. We look forward to our game this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.”

With the postponement of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Tennesee Titans game last weekend, and the New England Patriots’ recent troubles, many thought the Jets-Arizona Cardinals Week 5 matchup this Sunday was not to be.

Now that the false-positive has come back, the game’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff at MetLife Stadium this Sunday is still regularly-scheduled.

In addition to the false-positive, the Jets didn’t receive a single positive test back after more testing.

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Adam Gase’s 11 a.m. ET Zoom call with reporters was canceled Friday morning, as was any media-related activities for the day.

The Jets, along with the rest of the league, will continue to monitor things closely as the 2020 NFL season moves forward.

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