Several players on the Toronto Blue Jays test positive for COVID-19


On Tuesday, the Phillies added that another player two other staff members also had COVID-19, with the source revealing the positive tests at Blue Jays camp Wednesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule beginning July 23 and 24th.

There was talk that the Blue Jays could play at their training facility in Dunedin, Florida, but the facility was closed after a player showed symptoms of possible coronavirus, and the virus nullified many clubs' plans to resume training at their facility.

"The Major League Baseball proposal (for a season), I've seen it and read it, it deals with a lot of aspects there", he said.

It remains unclear where the Blue Jays plan to hold their training camp and play home games this summer.

Anna Maddison, a spokeswoman for the Public Health Agency of Canada, told The Associated Press that the government "has received, and is now assessing, a restart plan from Major League Baseball".

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"The resumption of activities in Canada must be undertaken in adherence to Canada's plan to mitigate the importation and spread of COVID-19", Canada Public Health Agency spokeswoman Anna Maddison told Rob Gillies of The Associated Press.

All travelers entering Canada are now required to isolate for 14 days, whether or not they show symptoms of the coronavirus.

A senior federal government official said that if MLB submitted an acceptable restart plan to the government, a waiver letter similar to the one provided to the National Hockey League could be provided.

Ontario Medical Director of Health Dr. David Williams said he had read an Major League Baseball proposal but "does not mention anything about travel to Canada at this time".

Cases of COVID-19 have been spiking in Florida and Pinellas County, home to both Dunedin and Clearwater, has had six consecutive days with at least 201 new cases, including a single-day high of 353 Tuesday. Toronto was 12-6 in pre-season play this year before spring training was stopped in mid-March.

The NHL, meanwhile, is planning a hub city approach that does not involve travel back and forth between the USA and Canada.