Tom Brady has a down night and LeBron James and the Lakers on the brink of a title, a look at the latest with the coronavirus pandemic and the New York Jets exercise COVID caution. These are the stories shaping sports and business for Friday, October 9th, 2020.
According to Johns Hopkins, There are over 36.6 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over one million deaths.
The U.S. has surpassed 7.6 million cases with 213,000 deaths.
Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 54,870 new cases reported Thursday, which is higher than the 50,602 cases reported the day earlier. Over one million new tests were reported. And 975 deaths were reported yesterday, which is higher than the 916 deaths reported the day prior.
Gilead published promising results from its late-stage study of remdesivir, a developing coronavirus therapy used by President Donald Trump.
The results, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed consistent and meaningful improvements in patients treated compared to those given placebos in a double-blind Phase 3 study. The overall improvement led to patient recoveries that were five days faster, the study found, a primary endpoint for the trial run by the National Institutes of Health that was originally launched earlier this spring.
President Trump was treated with a five-day regimen of remdesivir earlier this week at the Walter Reed Medical Center, his team of doctors told reporters earlier this week. Trump has also received doses of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals experimental REGN-COV2 antibody treatment, as well as the anti-inflammatory steroid dexamethasone.
Jets Battle Coronavirus
The New York Jets are trying to make sure that their facility is not the latest coronavirus hot spot for the league, with sources telling ESPN that a Jets player has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the team to send players and coaches home Friday.
ESPN is reporting that the Jets player who tested positive has been retested, with results from that test being known at some point today.
I reached out to the Jets for some information but have not heard back.
The Jets are scheduled to play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. The NFL has not made any announcement about postponing the game as of yet.
The league is sill reeling from the postponement of last week’s Titans/Steelers game after more than 20 Titans players and staffers contracted the disease.
The Titans did not have any initial positive results following Thursday’s round of testing and they are on track to resume their season against the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday. Meanwhile the Broncos/Patriots game is likely to be moved to Monday.
The NFL knew this could be the outcome when the league decided against the bubble structure that the NBA, NHL and MLS all turned to inoculate themselves for the type of disruptions that the league is currently experiencing.
With just a quarter of the season completed it will be interesting to see how potential future positive tests affect the league’s schedule.
Sports Illustrated's Robin Lundberg and TheStreet's Tony Owusu contributed to this report.
You can follow Katherine Ross on Twitter at @byKatherineRoss.
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