National Hockey League players have tested positive for coronavirus this month | Offside

Ruben Hill
June 30, 2020

The NHL announced on Monday that of the more than 250 players to participate in voluntary practices since June 8, there have been 15 confirmed positive tests for coronavirus, which is roughly a six percent positive rate.

The other 11 positives are from players outside of Phase 2, meaning those who haven't yet reported to their teams.

In addition to the 15 cases found since June 8, the National Hockey League says it's aware of 11 other players who have tested positive "outside of the Phase 2 protocol", bringing the total to 26 known cases in the National Hockey League since the outset of the pandemic.

All players who tested positive have self-isolated and followed CDC and Health Canada protocols. "The NHL will continue to provide regular updates on the number of tests administered to players and the results of those tests".

Provided health and safety conditions allow and the NHL and NHL Players' Association reach an agreement on Phases 3 and 4 of the Return to Play Plan, training camps will open July 10. Those games, which will be played without fans, will occur in two hub cities.

The Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facility earlier this month after three players and several staffers tested positive for the virus. They reopened on Wednesday, five days after shutting down.

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