MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred went on CNN last night and spoke about the COVID-19 testing protocols we could potentially see if the MLB season were to resume. The biggest takeaways were how frequent they plan on testing the teams, and that if a player or coach tests positive, it doesn’t mean they will shut down the entire team.
Here are some notes from ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
- Those who test positive will be quarantined until they test negative twice— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 15, 2020
- Those who have been in contact with positive tests will have instant testing as well
“Our experts are advising us that we don’t need a 14-day quarantine,” the commissioner told CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “What we will do is, the positive individual will be removed from the rest of the group. There will be a quarantine arrangement in each facility in each city and we’ll do contact tracing for the individuals that we believe there was contact with and we will do point-of-care testing for those individuals, so minimize the likelihood that there’s been a spread.”
The MLB hopes to resume the season sometime in July. Now, we just have to wait for the players to approve of a plan that’ll get the season started.
Manfred spoke about a whole lot more. Click here if you’d like to read the full article from ESPN.
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