Benson, 73, was at Saints practice and seen speaking with coach Sean Payton, who also tested positive for the virus in mid-March. She was cleared by doctors, per The Athletic’s Jeff Duncan.
Saints-Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has been cleared by doctors after recently testing positive for Covid-19. https://t.co/IVOJttVXzu— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) September 2, 2020
Benson tested positive for COVID-19
The Saints confirmed on Aug. 28 that Benson had tested positive for COVID-19 within the last few weeks. She was under daily medical care, but not hospitalized, and recovering well, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
There was no report on if she suffered any symptoms. Statements by the Saints and Pelicans noted that she “has not missed a day of work calls” and “has participated in daily NBA, and NFL owners calls.”
NFL owners, players who dealt with COVID-19
He discussed it during a TV broadcast of the team’s Red and White practice over the weekend, via azcentral.com.
"I thought I would be part of the 85% of the population that would have no or mild symptoms," he continued. "I wasn’t. I ended up in the hospital in an ICU for five days. It was an awful experience. I never had major problems breathing but I did have severe headaches and a temperature that kept spiking to 103 degrees. It was very scary."
Payton was diagnosed with the coronavirus in mid-March, early on during the pandemic, and had “flu-like” symptoms. He has since made a full recovery.
Tests are administered daily during training camp.
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