Last week, the Philadelphia Phillies revealed that five players and three staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. At that time, the organization claimed it was still waiting the results of over 30 more examinations.
Well, on Tuesday, the Phillies announced that two more players and staff members contracted COVID-19. All other tests reportedly came back negative.
This update means that at least 12 members of the Phillies franchise, including a whopping seven players, have tested positive. Per Jayson Stark of The Athletic, three of the latest victims were located at the club's Spring Training facility in Clearwater, Florida. The fourth was in another undisclosed location.
If there's a silver lining to be had here, it's that zero of the eight people that contracted the virus last week have been hospitalized, and early signs indicate that it will be the same story this time around.
Philadelphia's complex in Clearwater closed last week after the initial outbreak, which was the first known surge in MLB. The Phillies will hold Spring Training at Citizens Bank Park from here on out before they open camp on July 1 in preparation for the 2020 regular season. Hopefully, that results in a lesser percentage of positives tests as Florida has really emerged as one of the new epicenters of COVID-19.