Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill was released Sunday from the Rhode Island hospital where he was being treated for COVID-19.
Bidwill felt symptoms earlier in the week and tested positive for the novel coronavirus, as first reported by The Arizona Republic Friday. After the test, he was admitted to Newport Hospital to monitor his symptoms.
“This week I learned first-hand just how serious COVID-19 is,” Bidwill said in a statement to The Republic. “My immense appreciation for all those on the front lines of this pandemic has only increased, and I am particularly grateful to the tremendous nurses and doctors at Newport (R.I.) Hospital.
“I am also overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness from the Red Sea, as well as so many friends and colleagues in Arizona and throughout the country. I’m very fortunate to have this experience behind me and strongly encourage everyone to continue practicing the important measures to avoid it themselves.”
Bidwill, 55, had been traveling on the East Coast for a few weeks, after working remotely since March. His symptoms included a headache and fever. Those symptoms had subsided, and he had expected to be released this weekend, according to the team.
Between the East Coast trip and the remote work, there is no concern from the team that any players, coaches or staff of the team came in contact with the virus through Bidwill. The Cardinals are scheduled to open training camp on July 28.