New Orleans Saints’ head coach tests positive for the coronavirus

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Sean Payton is resting in self-quarantine, but remains upbeat about a full recovery

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WKBN) – New Orleans Saints’ head coach Sean Payton tells ESPN he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 56-year-old is the first person in the NFL to test positive for COVID-19.

He received the news Thursday and is home, resting in self-quarantine, but remains upbeat about a full recovery.

Peyton tells ESPN he announced his diagnosis because he wants people to follow the orders of government officials by staying home and exercising social distancing.

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