According to 9News insider Mike Klis, Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway and CEO Joe Ellis have both tested positive for COVID-19.
COVID strikes top 2 Broncos executives: CEO Joe Ellis, GM John Elway learned early today they have tested positive for novel virus, per source. Team informed its employees this morning. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 3, 2020
Elway has been the Broncos’ general manager since he returned to the franchise in 2011, while Ellis has been employed by the club since 1983 when he worked as the Director of Marketing.
The good news is that both of the Broncos’ executives should receive the best possible care available. What could be concerning is that both are in their 60s. Elway is 60-years old and Ellis is 61. Hopefully both find out the test was a false positive and they’re able to resume life, but it’s reassuring that they’re taking all necessary steps to keep others safe.
As I’ve said a few times now, I hope all our readers are doing what they can to keep themselves safe as Covid-19 cases have surged across the United States of America. Social distancing, masks, and the other precautions can seem like a bit of a hassle, but they’re all the tools we have to try and protect our loved ones in this pandemic.
The Broncos have issued the following statement:
“Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis as well as President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway were informed this morning they tested positive for COVID-19.
After not feeling 100 percent on Sunday morning, Joe promptly reported his symptoms to our medical team and watched Sunday’s game at home as a precaution. He continued to work from home on Monday before receiving a positive test result this morning.
John immediately left UCHealth Training Center on Monday morning after experiencing minor symptoms that he quickly brought to the attention of our medical staff.
Other than mild symptoms, both Joe and John are doing well. They will continue to work from home in self-isolation and participate in virtual meetings while their health is monitored.
Based on a review of contact tracing data with the league, we are confident these cases originated independently outside team facilities. There were minimal close contacts identified for each (no players or coaches), and those individuals have been notified.
While our facilities are closed for Election Day, coaches are conducting their game preparations today remotely as a precaution. Our organization will remain in communication with the NFL, making all decisions in consultation with the league and based on guidance from medical experts.”