NASCAR’s first positive test for the coronavirus has come from a member of staff who was present at Atlanta Motor Speedway a few weekends ago.
NASCAR, like every other sport in the world, was unable to escape the effects of the virus pandemic from a scheduling standpoint, as it saw numerous races put off due to the growing threat of COVID-19.
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Preliminary plans were to carry on with racing as planned two weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway, however without supporters in attendance, but that event, along with every other race scheduled through the first weekend in May, ended up being canceled.
NASCAR released a statement to teams Wednesday afternoon that a member of staff, one who was in attendance at Atlanta Motor Speedway before the race weekend was put off, had tested positive for the COVID-19. This is the first confirmed case of the virus in NASCAR, as there were no previous reports of any positive tests within the NASCAR community.
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NASCAR statement, “the individual is in process of receiving medical care and all employees potentially exposed have been directed to self-quarantine for the two weeks following that event through March 27th & will be monitored closely for symptoms”.
NASCAR refuses to comment on the matter itself due to its privacy laws.