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Teams have been notified that the employee recently tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an event held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
According to a recently-published report by NBC Sports NASCAR, the official governing body had no comment and cited patient privacy laws as the reason, but several teams confirmed to the publication that they had received a warning about the situation.
The Atlanta Motor Speedway was scheduled to host a variety of races for NASCAR’s top three series throughout the next couple of months, but all events through May 3rd have been postponed.
The note to teams who were at the “abbreviated” Atlanta event said that “the individual is in process of receiving medical care and all employees potentially exposed have been directed to self-quarantine for two weeks following that event through March 27th and will be monitored closely for symptoms.”
Until now, there had been no reports of any NASCAR employee, driver, or team member testing positive for COVID-19.
“As part of our standard operating procedure, Atlanta Motor Speedway officials have been notified. We are in the process of cleaning and sanitizing equipment in accordance with CDC recommended protocols,” the note to teams added.
As of today, deaths nationwide from the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 have topped 1,000 and more than 69,000 people have been infected.