The NHL announced new numbers on Monday for players who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
43 players in total have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 8, the start of Phase 2 small-group activities. 30 have tested positive when returning to their NHL practice facilities while another 13 players tested positive “outside of the Phase 2 protocol.”
Eight additional players have contracted the virus since July 6.
NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results: pic.twitter.com/lAkEQJ0B8N
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 13, 2020
The full statement reads:
As the NHL begins Phase 3 of its Return to Play today, following is a summary of League-wide COVID-19 testing results for Phase 2:
The NHL had in excess of 600 Players report to Club training/practice facilities for optional participation in Phase 2 activities. There were 4,934 COVID-19 tests administered to this group of Players. Those tests resulted in a total of 30 returning confirmed positive test results for COVID-19. In addition, the League is aware of 13 additional Players who tested positive for COVID-19 outside of the Phase 2 Protocol. All Players who tested positive were/have been self-isolated and were/are following CDC and Health Canada protocols. During Phase 3, the NHL will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests administered to Players and the results of those tests. The League will not be providing information on the identity of the Players or Clubs.“
The NHL opened training camps on Monday and there were some hiccups. At least three Montreal Canadiens players tested positive for COVID-19 while nearly a third of the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp roster was sidelined due to secondary exposure to COVID-19.
Not a great start!
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