National Hockey League: 26 players have COVID-19, 15 in Phase 2

Paola Ditto
Luglio 1, 2020

The NHL also announced that it is aware of an additional 11 players who have yet to join the Phase 2 workouts who have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of positive cases to 26.

The league released a second update on its COVID-19 testing while carrying out Phase 2 of its return-to-play plan, and announced that a total of 15 players have returned a positive diagnosis since practice facilities opened for involuntary workouts on June 8.

"All Players who have tested positive have been self-isolated and are following CDC and Health Canada protocols", the National Hockey League said. All have been self-isolating and following CDC and Health Canada protocols, according to the league.

Phase 2 of the NHL's return to play protocol allows teams to host small group skates at their home city facilities. Phase 3 will mark the opening of training camps, now set for July 10. They will be isolated together in a hotel once Phase 4 - the resumption of games - begins in two hub cities, one for each conference.

The news comes a week after the Tampa Bay Lightning had to shut down their facility after at least 3 players tested positive for COVID-19.

The NHL has not set a date for the start of training camps, which was expected to begin as early as July 10.

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