CFL finishes 2021 regular season with 99.92 percent negative coronavirus test rate

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The Canadian Football League has released its latest COVID-19 results following the completion of the 2021 regular season.

Teams across the country were to follow protocols to help keep the virus out of facilities and locker rooms.

Out of 42,200 coronavirus tests administered to tier one personnel, which included coaches, players and football operations staff, 34 came back positive. Those individuals were removed from team activities until return to play protocols were met. The CFL had a negative test rate of 99.92 percent.

There were six additional positives prior to training camp, which prevented the individuals involved from coming to Canada.

In the latest round of testing, conducted between Weeks 12 and 16 of the CFL season, 9,500 tests were administered and 100 percent came back negative. The league experienced one outbreak, which resulted in just one game being moved to a later date, on which it was successfully completed.

“On behalf of the Canadian Football League, I want to thank everyone involved, from the public health officials who advised us and the medical committee that guided us, to the coaches and players who have shown such discipline and determination in following our strict protocols,” commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement.

“But while these numbers are a testament to diligence and hard work, they are only regular season results, and everyone in our league strives for success in the post-season. I want to remind everyone to remain vigilant and disciplined as teams march into the playoffs and the Grey Cup.”

By December 1, 95 percent of all CFL players will be fully vaccinated, meaning the will have received their second dose for at least 14 days.