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Bears temporarily pause in-person football activities after positive COVID-19 test

The Chicago Bears had to adjust their Thursday schedule following a positive COVID-19 test.

The team announced a positive test, which temporarily caused the closure of Halas Hall. Chicago later announced it would hold practice at 2:30 p.m. local time.

"This morning we were notified that we had a positive COVID-19 test," the team said in a statement Thursday morning. "As a result, the club has elected to pause all in-person football activities today and close Halas Hall. Instead, all meetings will be conducted virtually. The individual who tested positive has been contacted and has already begun self-isolation. We are working with the NFL medical experts to identify close contacts and follow the league's guidance. The health and safety of our team, players and staff are the highest priority."

The team did not make public whether the positive test came from a player, coach or staff member.

Punt returner/receiver DeAndre Carter was placed on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday afternoon.

Thursday marked the second time this season the Bears have closed their facility. In Week 9, center Cody Whitehair tested positive. Chicago has yet to have any of the contests postponed due to COVID-19 this season.

The Bears are amid preparation for Sunday's home game against Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. Losers of six-straight games, Chicago is attempting to remain in the postseason hunt in the final four weeks.

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