GREEN BAY — Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur urged the Green Bay community to mask up during a post-game press conference on Monday.
LaFleur was practically pleading with Green Bay citizens according to Packers beat reporter Ryan Wood.
“We’ve got to wear our masks, and we would certainly appreciate it if everybody in our community would follow suit," said LaFleur. "We need people to do their part. We said it a long time ago, it's gonna take all of us."
The statement came as COVID-19 numbers in the Green Bay area continue to surge. On Monday, we reported that Green Bay was listed at No. 4 on the New York Times' list of metropolitan areas with the worst COVID-19 outbreaks.
At the time, Green Bay was seeing 85.4 new cases daily per 100K people.
In addition to the New York Times, the NFL Players Association said that Green Bay has the worst COVID-19 outbreak of any NFL market.
The Packers have not registered any positive COVID-19 cases since the team reported for training camp in late July and four players tested positive. However, LaFleur said the team needs to continue being cautious.
"COVID is running rampant in our community, and our guys need to continue to make smart decisions cause you can see how it can impact a football team," said LaFleur. "You gotta look no further than Tennessee."
With “COVID running rampant in our community,” here’s how Matt LaFleur closed his postgame comments last night, practically pleading with Green Bay citizens.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) October 6, 2020
“We’ve got to wear our masks, and we would certainly appreciate it if everybody in our community would follow suit.” pic.twitter.com/EYUPmg7AyH