Florida football coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19 with Gators in midst of outbreak

By Adam Silverstein
October 17, 2020
Florida football coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19 with Gators in midst of outbreak

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No. 10 Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen on Saturday announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement released on his Twitter account, Mullen explained that his diagnosis has been confirmed, indicating that his initial positive test occurred earlier in the week.

“Thank you Gator Nation for all your support for the program this week. Thankfully, everyone impacted is recovering well and has experienced mild to no symptoms. I have also tested positive for COVID and have received word that my test has been confirmed,” Mullen wrote. “I’m continuing to self-isolate from my family, who all remain healthy, and am following all the guidelines set forth by UF Health, the CDC and our public health officials. I am proud of how our players, staff and campus community have navigated this unprecedented time and hope all continue to be safe.”

Florida has at least 21 players isolated after positive coronavirus tests and at least another 10 players in quarantine due to contact tracing.

The Gators said two members of the coaching staff had tested positive, though a program source told OnlyGators.com that more coaches were affected following a round of tests conducted Wednesday morning. Among those coaches who also tested positive was Mullen, though OnlyGators.com could not confirm that with a second source at the time.

The entire Florida football staff was sent home indefinitely beginning Wednesday. Players, coaches and staff have been undergoing daily COVID-19 tests and will continue doing so for the foreseeable future.

OnlyGators.com will update this breaking news story shortly.

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