The Arizona Coyotes announced on Saturday that one of their staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the Coyotes, the staff member “is asymptomatic and feeling well, and is in isolation at his home. Individuals who had close contact with the staff member have been notified.”
A Coyotes Statement on COVID-19 Testing:https://t.co/HCjY8EWgVn
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) June 13, 2020
The Coyotes’ staff member is the third person employed by the NHL to test positive for the novel coronavirus over the last nine days. The Bruins announced on Friday that a player tested positive for COVID-19 when reporting for Phase 2 workouts. A Pittsburgh Penguins announced one of their players tested positive on June 4.
The state of Arizona has seen its cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations increasing over the last two weeks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious-disease specialist leading the federal response, said Friday on CNN that there are two measures that mean trouble for a state: increased hospitalizations and an increasing percentage of positive results among all tests for the virus.
On both scores, Arizona is going in the wrong direction. In fact, Fauci cited Arizona, along with Texas, California and North Carolina, as states where trouble is brewing.
Phase 2, small group workouts, began on Monday with Phase 3, training camps, targeted for July 10.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA — The Arizona Coyotes were advised today that a staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The staff member, who is in the Valley, is asymptomatic and feeling well, and is in isolation at his home. Individuals who had close contact with the staff member have been notified.
All other Coyotes staff and players involved in the Phase 2 testing protocol have tested negative for COVID-19. The Coyotes will continue to follow all of the NHL-mandated protocols for testing and risk mitigation.
The health and safety of our players, staff, fans, and community is our top priority. The Coyotes will have no further comment at this time.
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