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Lab says NFL players' COVID test results were likely false positives

Twelve Vikings organization members in total, including eight players, have been quarantined.

MINNEAPOLIS — The New Jersey lab that returned positive COVID test results for members of several NFL teams, including the Vikings, now says those were "most likely false positive results."

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed that 12 members of the Vikings organization, including eight players, received presumptive positive COVID-19 results from BioReference Laboratories in New Jersey. 

As a precaution, all members were in self-imposed quarantine, but were expected to be re-tested.

The NFL put out a statement saying that all clubs serviced by the New Jersey test facility had returned "several positive tests." 

BioReference said in a statement Monday that it reported an "elevated number" of positive COVID-19 tests for NFL players and personnel at multiple clubs.

"Our investigation indicated that these were most likely false positive results, caused by an isolated contamination during test preparation in the New Jersey laboratory," the lab's executive chairman, Jon R. Cohen, said in a statement.

Cohen said all the individuals impacted have been confirmed negative and informed.