Entertainment Sports Eagles Coach Doug Pederson Positive for COVID-19, Becomes Second NFL Coach to Contract Virus New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was the first NFL coach to test positive for coronavirus in March By Jason Hahn Jason Hahn Jason Hahn is a former Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He started at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter in 2017 and interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 3, 2020 02:25 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty The 52-year-old head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles has tested positive for coronavirus, just weeks before the NFL is set to start their season in September. Doug Pederson of the Eagles became the second known NFL coach to contract the virus nearly five months after New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton tested positive. In a statement posted to social media on Sunday, the team said Pederson isn't showing symptoms of the virus and is currently in isolation. "We received confirmation this evening that Head Coach Doug Pederson tested positive for COVID-19," the Eagles said. "Pederson is asymptomatic and doing well. He is currently in self-quarantine and in communication with the team's medical staff." "The organization is following the protocols established by the NFL and the NFLPA," they continued. "Any individuals in close contact with Pederson at our facility have been notified and will continue with daily testing procedures and compliance with all protocols before returning to the facility." Pederson isn't the only person on the team to have been affected by coronavirus, which has infected more than 4.6 million Americans and killed over 155,330 as of Monday morning, according to a New York Times database. Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson announced last week he was feeling "strong" after testing positive. Saints Coach Sean Payton Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Making Him the First Known Case in NFL Rob Foldy/Getty "I have tested positive for COVID-19, but feel strong and ready to go," Johnson said in a statement. "I have been working hard in preparing for a long, grueling season and have tried to take all the necessary precautions to build a safe and healthy environment during the sessions." "I have and will continue to take this seriously and encourage everyone else to do so as well," he continued. "I will follow all protocols and I look forward to joining my teammates and coaches on the field soon." Kansas City Chiefs Star, Who Is Also Practicing Doctor, Becomes First NFL Player to Skip 2020 Season When 56-year-old Payton tested positive in March, he cautioned others to take the virus — and the health of others — seriously. “This is not just about social distancing,” Payton told ESPN. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it.” “Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying,” he added. “It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.” RELATED VIDEO: Rob Gronkowski Is ‘Ready to Put a Show on’ When He Returns to the NFL This Season Payton said he experienced symptoms such as chills and a low-grade fever during his battle with the illness. “I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have,” he told ESPN. “I’m lucky.” As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.