MLB shuts down spring camps after COVID-19 spike

MLB shuts down spring camps after COVID-19 spike

A new wave of COVID-19 cases is starting to spike in Florida, and Major League Baseball has shut down all 30 spring training facilities after players tested positive for the virus in multiple sites.

This is the first major outbreak among baseball teams. According to Jon Heyman, each facility will undergo a deep cleaning. Upon reopening, it will require a negative test for entry into the facilities.

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On Friday, the Phillies confirmed that five players and three members of their staff in their spring training home of Clearwater, Fla., tested positive for COVID-19. More team personnel are awaiting test results, so that number could increase. The names of those who tested positive were not released.

The Blue Jays shut down their facilities in Dunedin, Fla. Thursday after a player exhibited symptoms for the virus, per Jeff Passan.

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