MLB has to ensure that players are not getting the COVID-19 virus if they want to get through a 60-game season. The good news is that early testing results before games have shown that players are testing at very low rates.
With the latest update from MLB and the MLBPA, the news only gets better. Positive COVID-19 tests once again experienced a drastic dropoff during the monitoring phase of testing. As part of MLB’s protocol, tier 1 players and personnel are tested every other day while tier 2 personnel are tested multiple times per week. Here are some of the highlights of the latest results.
- There were 10,548 samples collected over the past week in Major League Baseball
- Of those samples, 6 were reported as new positives, just 0.05%
- There was a five-day period where ZERO new positive tests were returned
- 5 of the 6 positive tests returned were from players
- Out of the total 17,949 samples collected since the monitoring tests started, there have been 23 positive tests confirmed, 0.1%
- 13 clubs have had someone test positive during the monitoring phase of testing
The biggest thing to note here is that MLB seems to be trending down in positive COVID-19 results. This could be due to the fact teams are not traveling yet, but could also be due to the league’s policies. We’ll have to wait to see how things change once games start and teams are moving around.