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The Kansas City Chiefs could’ve been in real trouble with contact tracing ahead of the Super Bowl after it was revealed that a team barber had tested positive and was scheduled to give pregame haircuts. Now that barber has been pulled off the job.
“There were over 20 Chiefs players and staffers, including QB Patrick Mahomes, scheduled Sunday to get a haircut with the barber who tested positive for COVID, per sources,” Adam Schefter tweeted Wednesday. “The Chiefs acted wisely and aggressively, and pulled the barber – mid-cut – once his test results came in.”
Sunday, receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore were sent to the COVID reserve list after being contact traced back to the barber who had tested positive.
“Sources say the barber tested negative five consecutive days before he was allowed to enter the Chiefs’ facility — including a Saturday PCR test that came back negative Sunday,” NFL.com reporter Tom Pelissero wrote on Tuesday. “The barber took an additional rapid test as a precaution before entering the facility Sunday, but the results were delayed briefly because of a line of friends and family also getting tested. He was wearing double PPE and was still cutting Kilgore’s hair — the first in a line of players waiting for haircuts — when the positive result came back. The barber was immediately removed; in a follow-up interview with NFL officials, the barber said he’d also cut Robinson’s hair the previous day away from the facility.”