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Pelicans owner Gayle Benson tests positive for coronavirus

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New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pelicans said Friday.

Per the team, she is “progressing well and improving daily” and has not missed a day of work calls with the Saints and Pelicans and has participated in other league-related calls.

Benson, 73, is under daily medical care and is doing well, Saints senior vice president of communications Greg Bensel told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate in a text message.

Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, spokesperson Greg Bensel issued the following statement:

“She is progressing well and improving daily. She has not missed a daily work call with Saints and Pelicans staff nor has she missed an NBA or NFL owner call in recent days — she was not hospitalized and is recovering at home. She thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers.”

The Saints organization has had several members test positive for the virus since March. Saints coach Sean Payton was diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-March after coming down with “flu-like” symptoms.

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