Los Angeles (AFP) – The Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball closed their training base in Florida after eight COVID-19 poses, and in Toronto, the Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL also closed training facilities.
Friday’s moves came when government officials announced a record one-day surge in COVID-19 cases with nearly 4,000 new record infections in Florida.
The NBA and Major League Soccer are planning to gather in quarantine areas near Orlando to resume their virus-stopped campaigns in July after the game was stopped in March.
The Phillies said five players and three employees tested positive for COVID-19 at the Clearwater club training center, which, according to MLB, was closed indefinitely.
The team said another 12 full-time employees and 20 players from the club league and major league rosters are awaiting test results.
Tampa Bay Times and ESPN reported that NHL Lightning closed its school, only 23 miles (37 kilometers) from Clearwater, after several players and staff tested positive for COVID-19.
“Lightning” is closed at least until July 6, according to the Times.
ESPN reports that the Blue Jays closed their spring training camp in Dunedin, four miles north of Clearwater, after the player developed coronavirus symptoms and recently spent time with the Phillies players. He is awaiting the results of the COVID-19 test.
Phillies managing partner John Middleton said that all of the team’s facilities were closed as a precaution.
– Owners stick to 60 games –
“The Phillies is committed to the health and well-being of our players, coaches and staff, which is our first priority, and as a result of these tested trials, all facilities in Clearwater were closed indefinitely for all players, coaches and staff and will remain closed. while the medical authorities are not sure that the virus is under control and our facilities are disinfected, ”Middleton said in a statement.
The club said it was “too early to know” how the Clearwater outbreak could affect the Phillies 2020 season.
San Francisco Giants also closed their facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday after one person and family member showed symptoms on Thursday.
Major League Baseball is currently in fierce negotiations with the League union on the conditions of the reduced season. On Friday, bilateral negotiations continued with the owners, repeating that they adhered to the planned schedule of 60 games. Players want this to increase to 70 games.
Also on Friday, the Toronto Maple Leafs Oston Matthews star went to quarantine at his home in Arizona after receiving a positive result on COVID-19, reports Toronto Sun.
Matthews, 22, hopes to be healthy enough to attend Leafs training camp, which begins July 10th. In Arizona, especially in the Phoenix area where Matthews grew up, there has also been a surge in cases of the disease.
Leafs issued a statement on Friday, but declined to confirm or deny it.
“The Toronto Maple Leafs will not comment on reports of testing of any of the players or employees of the Club.
“The league will regularly update the summary data on the number of tests carried out and the number of registered positive tests, without revealing the identity of the affected clubs or players,” the team representative said.
The NHL said in a separate news release that since training facilities reopened on June 8, 11 players have tested positive for COVID-19.