Players in Multiple North American Sports Leagues Test Positive for COVID-19



Just as training camps were starting to pick up and leagues were moving forward with their return-to-play plans, it was announced on Friday that a number of players and staff members across various leagues tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the players were at training camps in Florida, which has seen a recent spike in cases. It was also announced on Friday that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews tested positive and is quarantining at his home in Arizona.

The Phillies are in the process of determining the size of an outbreak at their Clearwater, Fla., training complex after a positive test for COVID-19 earlier in the week prompted the club to close its facility. While eight of the 16 people tested have been positive for the virus, according to the team, the true extent of the outbreak is unknown because 32 players and staff members are awaiting test results.

The Phillies, three sources said, immediately moved to conduct as much contact tracing as possible to better understand the extent of the outbreak. The club has declined to comment on how they will do this.

Three Lightning players and additional staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus, the organization said Friday.

The positive tests came up as part of the twice-weekly testing, a league requirement under the Phase 2 protocol. The organization is waiting on results of more tests and is performing contact tracing.

The National Football League is also taking a hit with the coronavirus pandemic.