A part-time employee at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field who worked during the Seattle Dragons’ home game against the Dallas Renegades on Feb. 22 has tested positive for the coronavirus, King County (Wash.) officials said Thursday.
King County health officials indicated that the risk of COVID-19 infection is low for the 22,060 fans who attended the XFL game.
“County officials advise that no extra precautions are required for those who attended the Feb. 22 game or who will attend upcoming events, but all King County residents should know that the risk for infection with COVID-19 is increasing in our community, should be aware of their symptoms, and call their health care provider if they develop a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems,” King County officials said in a statement.
The Seattle Times reported, citing a source knowledgeable about the matter, that the infected employee worked as a concessions vendor.
In addition to serving as the home stadium for the XFL’s Seattle Dragons, CenturyLink Field also is home to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC.
The Sounders host Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, which will be the team’s second home game this week after defeating Chicago Fire FC in front of 40,126 fans on Sunday.
The Sounders released a statement Thursday saying the team is “in continuous dialogue with regional health authorities and Major League Soccer, in addition to our network of medical experts. Because of this, we are proceeding with Saturday’s match, and Sounders FC is following the updated guidelines that were released on Wednesday by Public Health — Seattle & King County.”
The Seattle Dragons’ next home game is March 15 against the Los Angeles Wildcats.
As of Thursday, there were 51 confirmed cases of coronavirus in King County, with 10 reported deaths.