NY Jets confirm false positive COVID-19 test, Sunday’s game will happen

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The NY Jets received negative test results for all personnel confirming a false positive.

The NY Jets reportedly had a player test positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day on Friday. The test was originally declared a presumptive positive with the team preparing to not only re-test the player, but to re-test the other members of the team.

Later that evening, the Jets got the results back from their second round of PCR testing and they revealed that all players had tested negative. Essentially, that means that the first test that popped up as a positive was likely a false positive.

As a result, the Jets’ scheduled Week 5 meeting with the Arizona Cardinals is expected to go on as scheduled.

The news of the false positive was originally reported by Chris Torello of Spectrum Bay News 9 earlier in the day, but it wasn’t confirmed until around 7 p.m. ET when the Jets released a statement regarding the test results on Twitter.

Statement from the New York Jets. pic.twitter.com/J6qzUeFn7r

— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 9, 2020

The original positive test likely came from the daily testing done the day prior. When Jets players and staff members arrived at the team’s facilities on Friday morning, they were informed of the presumptive positive and sent home almost immediately.

As a result, many feared for the status of the Jets’ scheduled game against the Cardinals this Sunday. In fact, the Cardinals were set to travel to the east coast on Friday, but their flight was temporarily put on hold.

However, the team did leave for New York at around 6 p.m. ET — a little over an hour before the false positive was confirmed.

This is the first good news the NY Jets have received in a while.

In the face of what has been an incredibly difficult season for Gang Green, this is likely the best news the team has received in quite a while.

Although we could sit here and make jokes about not wanting to watch the Jets play this Sunday, the health and safety of the team members is most important. And with that in mind, this is incredibly encouraging news.

The Jets will now set their sights on a struggling Cardinals team that has lost its last two games to subpar competition. Still searching for their first win of the season, it’s unlikely the Jets find it here, however.

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But at the very least, they will be given a fighting chance with the game officially on for Sunday.