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Breaking: Nick Saban Thursday COVID-19 test comes back negative

Nick Saban walks the sidelines of the SEC Championship game against Georgia
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On Friday in a press release from Alabama football’s Director of Sports Medicine Jeff Allen, the team shared that head coach Nick Saban’s Thursday PCR test for COVID-19 came back negative.

Saban is still following the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol to testing asymptomatic positives.

The head coach needs three total false PCR tests in order to be eligible to return to the team.

Below Alabama’s full update:

“Coach Saban was evaluated again today by Dr. Robinson. He continues to be asymptomatic and without fever. We are continuing to follow the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing asymptomatic positives. A PCR test was repeated Thursday by the SEC appointed lab and was negative. For clarification, the initial positive test result came from an outside lab we’ve used to supplement the SEC mandated testing. He will continue to remain in isolation and receive daily PCR tests. Should he have three negative PCR tests through the SEC appointed lab, each 24 hours apart, the initial test would be considered a false positive pursuant to SEC protocols and he would be allowed to return.”

This post will be updated.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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