Today the National Hockey League provided the hockey world with a new update in regards to COVID-19 testing since Phase 2 has begun.
With today’s news the NHL has confirmed that 250 players have returned for voluntary on-ice training and a total of 1,450 tests have been conducted since Phase 2 begun. Of the 250 players to be tested 15 have been confirmed as testing positive for the coronavirus. This means that since our last update the NHL provided us that there have been four more positive cases.
The NHL also confirmed that an additional 11 players that have not started with Phase 2 on-ice training have also tested positive for COVID-19. All players who have tested positive are currently in self-isolation and are following CDC and Health Canada protocols.
The NHL currently has 26 total positive cases and will continue to see it rise, and with the news of Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz (NBA) confirming that he still has not recovered from COVID-19, and reports are also coming out that Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) pitcher Mike Leake has opted out of playing in the 2020 season due to the pandemic the NHL, as well as the rest of the sports world, needs to ask themselves if this is still worth the risk.
** Update – The Washington Nationals have announced that both Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross have opted out of the 2020 MLB season.