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Another MLB COVID-19 shutdown, this one from the Mets

Major League BaseballUPDATE: Another COVID-19 shutdown hits Major League Baseball, as last night’s New York Mets/Miami Marlins game at Marlins Park was postponed after two positive tests from a player and a staffer, with the weekend Mets/Yankees Subway Series postponed as well.

It was decided last night that tonight’s Mets/Yankees game at Citi Field would be canceled. Today it was announced that the entire weekend series, including Saturday and Sunday’s games, would be postponed as well. The most likely outcome should the series be postponed: weekend doubleheaders next weekend at Yankee Stadium, where the Subway Series is set to resume.

The team conducted contact tracing, with two team members that tested positive along with those traced to be within close contact remaining in Miami last night. Daily tests are likely for the players who returned to New York City.

The Mets are the fourth MLB team to have one or more players post positive COVID-19 results. The St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins had 18-plus players and staffers post positives, leading to long shutdowns, while the Cincinnati Reds had a single player post a positive COVID-19 result. Pittsburgh Pirates president Travis Williams also tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, but contact tracing did not yield any recent interactions with players.

Meanwhile, the latest round of testing has yielded positive COVID-19 results among players and staff both with the team and at alternative sites. Here are the results:

  • The number of monitoring samples collected and tested in the past week was 12,485.
  • 7 of these 12,485 samples, which is 0.05%, have been new positives.
  • 3 positives were players and 4 were staff members.
  • 5 were Major League club personnel and 2 were alternate site personnel
  • The total number of monitoring samples collected and tested has been 78,612.
  • 82 of these 78,612 samples, which is 0.1%, have been new positives.
  • 54 of the 82 positives have been players and 28 have been staff members.
  • 19 different clubs have had a Covered Individual test positive during testing.

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