Texas has become a new hotbed for the coronavirus in the wake of political officials electing to re-open the state amid the pandemic, and it hasn't taken long for the outbreak to reach the Texas Rangers, namely the workers at the brand new Globe Life Field.
Per ESPN insider Jeff Passan, several Rangers employees have contracted COVID-19. To make matters worse, a large number have revealed that they are "terrified" and feel pressured into working at the stadium in Arlington.
Multiple employees told ESPN that their respective bosses asserted that working remotely simply wasn't up for debate, though exceptions were made for a select few.
"We are terrified for our safety," one anonymous employee told ESPN, "Terrified to share COVID-19, unknowingly, with an older employee, a pregnant co-worker or anyone else who may have some sort of underlying condition. We all knew it would come to this. It was only a matter of time."
This string of positive cases reportedly comes less than two weeks after the Rangers entered the latest phase of their reopening process. That, according to ESPN, included pushing workers to continue the construction of the new $1.2 billion stadium.
It goes without saying that this is a poor optic for the Rangers organization, as it appears that they are putting the health of their employees a distant second to expediting the development of Globe Life Field.