SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have shut down their facility after receiver Kendrick Bourne tested positive for the coronavirus but are still scheduled to play Green Bay on Thursday night as of now.
The team said the positive test came back Wednesday morning and Bourne immediately went into self-quarantine after getting the diagnosis. He was later placed on the COVID-19 list.
“Our organization has entered the NFL’s intensive protocol and we are working with the league on contact tracing to identify high risk individuals,” the team said in a statement.
“All team functions will be conducted virtually today. The health and safety of our players, staff and community are the organization’s highest priority. We will continue to work closely with the NFL and medical professionals and will follow their direction.”
A person familiar with the plans says the Thursday night game is still set to be played as scheduled. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league hasn’t made any announcement.
The Packers are scheduled to leave Green Bay later Wednesday afternoon.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said his team is “concerned’’ about the fact that Bourne tested positive considering the teams played in Seattle on Sunday.
He said Seattle general manager John Schneider has been in contact with officials with the 49ers to determine when the positive test was and get any other information.
“We are doing our homework on the timing of his exposure and all kind of stuff, and when he showed first and all that, to make sense of it,’’ Carroll said. “We have to be tuned into that and see what happens. I know they shut down today and they’re playing tomorrow, I believe. So we’ll see what happens there. All we can do right now is test and be aware of the connections. We just played a football game against the guy so a lot of guys had some exposure.’’
Carroll said the team had not yet heard anything from the league.
Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said he was not worried about it, noting there have been no reported cases of a player getting infected due to contact in a game.
“I mean I’m not concerned about it,’’ Wagner said. “I don’t think I was around him too much. And from my knowledge, I think there hasn’t been a positive test from in game, the in game thing. So I think we’re fine. I don’t think it’s something that we worry about I think everybody’s is really careful. We do it the right way here.’’
The Seahawks have not reported a positive test since training camp began. Receiver John Ursua had a false positive during camp.
Bourne’s absence is the latest blow to an already thin receiver group. Bourne is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 25 receptions for 352 yards and a touchdown.
All-Pro tight end George Kittle leads the team in receptions but is likely out for the season with a broken foot. Deebo Samuel is out this week with a hamstring injury and Richie James Jr.’s status is in doubt because of a sprained ankle.
The Niners also released 2018 second-round pick Dante Pettis earlier this week, leaving rookie Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Taylor as the only wide receivers on the active roster with a catch this season.
San Francisco also could call up a receiver from the practice squad with Kevin White, River Cracraft and Chris Finke all options.
This is the first positive coronavirus test for the 49ers since the start of the regular season. They had three players on the COVID-19 list in the preseason, with James, running back Jeff Wilson Jr. and linebacker Fred Warner all spending time on the list.
The Packers are dealing with their own issues with the coronavirus after running back AJ Dillon tested positive on Monday. Running back Jamaal Williams and linebacker Kamal Martin were placed on the COVID-19 list on Tuesday as “high-risk” contacts to Dillon.
Seattle Times writer Bob Condotta contributed to this report.