National Hockey League announces 26 positive coronavirus cases

Ruben Hill
July 1, 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.

This marks just four additional cases since the last update from the National Hockey League provided 10 days ago.

Players get tested twice per week under the NHL's Phase 2 plan, and over 1,450 tests have been administered to the 250-plus players.

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. The league says it's aware of 11 other players testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol.

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. Those games, which will be played without fans, will occur in two hub cities.

Four separate teams announced a total of 10 positive tests for the novel coronavirus in the spring - five from Ottawa, three from Colorado, and one each from Pittsburgh and Boston.

The NHL paused its season on March 12, but is looking to resume this summer with a 24-team tournament starting in late July or early August.

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