Over the past couple weeks, the location and date of the Super Bowl were brought into question due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles county, home of SoFi Stadium, where Super Bowl LVI was initially planned to take place. Even though Los Angeles County continues to record a 7-day average of 38,000 new daily cases, the Super Bowl will go ahead and take place on February 13th. Looking back into the past season, the NFL has had to postpone three games in December due to a spike in COVID-19 cases among their players. On December 28th, the NFL updated its COVID protocol, stating that “the standard isolation period after a positive test for asymptomatic individuals is being cut from 10 days to 5 days, regardless of vaccination status.”
The Health Department of Los Angeles county has been working with the NFL and SoFi stadium to keep fans and the community safe. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, stated during a recent press briefing “I feel really confident that this event will happen here in LA. We’ll work closely to enhance safety if we’re still in the middle of a horrific surge. My hope is that by the time we get to February, we’re on the downside of seeing this massive amount of community transmission.”
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