The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jim Thomas is reporting that four Blues players and a member of its coaching staff tested positive for coronavirus after several team members visited a bar in Clayton, Missouri, more than a week ago. Clayton is located on the border of St. Louis.
According to the Post-Dispatch story, a player tested positive for COVID-19 several days after the bar visit where members of the general public were dining and drinking. A source told Thomas that the bar visit “may” have been the culprit.
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The resulting positive cases forced the Blues to cancel practice on Friday at their practice facility at Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
The Blues are the second team during the NHL’s Phase 2 to cancel a practice or close their facility due to multiple coronavirus cases. The Tampa Bay Lightning had to close their facility for several days in mid-June after three players and two staff tested positive.
Missouri governor Mike Parson has not mandated mask-wearing as positive coronavirus cases have begun to surge in the state since early June.
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