Today the National Hockey League announced the final testing results for Phase 3 of the Return to Play plan.
The NHL announced that zero players tested positive for COVID-19 between the dates July 18th through 25th. More than 800 players were tested with 4,256 tests administered in the week. In the first week we saw two players test positive, so seeing no new cases have pooped up is a positive sign as all of the teams report to the bubble cities. It also shows that the players are taking the RTP protocols seriously, and will try to lead in the example that has already been set forth by the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) who just completed their Challenge Cup Playoffs with zero positive tests throughout their entire tournament.
With the teams reporting to their hub cities now all 52 members (Players and Club Staff) of all 24 franchises will be tested daily, and the NHL will continue to provide weekly updates on the number of positive cases that are discovered, and how many tests are administered.