Alabama coach Nick Saban examined positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and is self-isolating at house, the college introduced.
Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne additionally examined positive on Wednesday, in response to the college.
“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban stated in an announcement. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”
Saban, 68, stated he knowledgeable his gamers of his positive test in a Zoom name at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee preparations for Saturday night time’s house sport towards No. 3 Georgia “while I work from home,” Saban stated. Sarkisian was the top coach at Washington from 2009 to 2013 and USC in 2014-15.
Alabama plans to test everyone throughout the soccer program on Thursday. Alabama went to day by day testing for its gamers again in September.
“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne stated. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”
Alabama workforce physicians Jimmy Robinson and Jeff Allen stated Saban and Byrne had been the one two people who examined positive “at this point in time,” and that the college would observe the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing asymptomatic positives.
CDC tips say these with positive exams should isolate for 10 days, whereas contact tracing requires a 14-day quarantine.
ESPN’s Chris Low contributed to this report.