Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19 in a release. The story was initial reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Tomlin is away from the team facility and members of the Steelers coaching and personnel staff were sent home last week after multiple people tested positive for the virus, according to Rapoport. 

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Tomlin, assistant coaches and members of the scouting staff were sent home on Wednesday.

"I want to thank everyone who reached out to express their concern for my health," Tomlin said in the release. "Luckily I have had minimal symptoms and I'm thankful to be in good health. I want to thank those media professionals who knew about my situation and respected my privacy."

Tomlin said he will be working virtually from home and will be back in the office "soon."

Tomlin is just the latest Steelers member and NFL coach to be diagnosed for the virus. 

Running back James Conner, tight end Vance McDonald, and cornerback Joe Haden were among Steelers players who tested positive for COVID-19 during the 2020 season. Other NFL head coaches who tested positive for the virus during the season included the Saints' Sean Payton, Eagles' Doug Pederson and Browns' Kevin Stefanski. 

The Steelers finished the regular season 12–4 to win the AFC North but their season was ended by the division rival Browns in the Wild Card Round 48-37.

Tomlin, 48, has been the Steelers head coach since 2007 and led the team to a Super Bowl XLIII victory in 2009. 

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