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Sean Payton first NFL figure to test positive for coronavirus

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton learned Thursday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, he told ESPN. Payton is the first employee of either an NFL team or the league to make such a diagnosis public.

Payton took to Twitter to say he’s feeling better.

New Orleans is the epicenter of the infection for Louisiana, and most of the disease’s deaths have happened in the Greater New Orleans area.

Payton said he took the test Monday after he began to feel ill a day earlier, but also said he has not been admitted to a hospital and does not have a fever or cough. The 56-year-old coach said he has been resting comfortably at home, where he is in self-quarantine.

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