The Vikings said they followed team protocol for sanitizing their facility and notified any team personnel who may have been in close contact with Sugarman. The trainer hasn't had any recent contact with players, and there haven't been any other COVID-19 cases identified within the front office, added the Vikings.
"I have an immense amount of pride in the effort I have personally put forth to protect the NFL family, the Minnesota Vikings organization, and our community with thoughtfulness and decision-making based on the current science over the last four months," Sugarman said. "I am humble to be serving in that capacity as it has been some of the most rewarding work of my career."
Sugarman helped construct the Vikings' Infectious Disease Emergency Plan, which must be submitted before the season starts. The Vikings are one of 12 teams whose plan is still awaiting approval from the NFL Players Association.
Sugarman said he tested positive along with members of his family, and their symptoms have been mild so far.