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NHL COVID-19 Update: 35 players test positive for coronavirus

As part of their weekly updates, the NHL has released their COVID-19 testing update, with results staying largely consistent.

As of this testing update, 35 NHL players have tested positive for COVID-19. This stays consistent with their 6% positive rate, which is apparently acceptable to the NHL in their Return to Play plans. Just a reminder that two teams have already had to suspend operations due to COVID-19 infections.

It’s interesting how one NBA player can test positive and the entire sports world can shut down in March. Yet in a desperation move to restart the league, 6% of players testing positive means full steam ahead. Things are fluid, and we know more about the virus now than we did in March. However we still don’t have a viable treatment or vaccine yet. We also don’t know the long-term effects of this virus.

There are rumblings that the players aren’t overly enthused about resuming the season. Many fear long-term health impacts and putting their families at risk. All of this makes you wonder what the drop-dead numbers are for the NHL before they revisit their plans to return to play. The NHL will continue to provide COVID-19 testing updates on a weekly basis.

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  • I don’t think comparing the 1 NBA player who tested positive in March is too relevant to 35 NHL players testing positive NOW — in early March there was no lockdown period, no “masking”, etc. There was no way to know how many NBA players, staff, etc. could have been infected by just that 1 person. On the other hand the 35 NHL players have been sequestered from other players, staff, etc. now for a few months.

    • They would’ve been better off putting everybody in a month lockdown and started playoffs end of April, but they’ve been half asking this the entire time and come November with no vaccine in place, they’ll be half adding it again.

      • If by “everybody” you mean a federally imposed national lockdown, yes they would have been better off.

  • This is all folly. And camp hasn’t really started yet.

    Stop the madness and cancel the season.

        • No matter when you start. It’s player responsibility and Justin Williams perfectly said that. Enough parties as they love, let’s play hockey. Of course if they are stupid enough to do what they are not supposed to do then cancel all and wait for few years.

  • So much we still don’t know. I am pining for some hockey–but think it is better to just scrap the season and hope for a shorter season–starting in December or January. Yes athletes’ job is to entertain the masses, but I don’t think expecting them to die for us is okay either. Let’s just call this season good, have the draft and start up a new season later.

    • No, it might just lead to kidney damage, lung scarring, etc. … so as Alfred E. Neuman use to say: “What, me worry?”

      • If they were worry, they would eliminate any contact outside. They should be responsible for their action

    • understood LOL. The problem might be they can infect others.
      IMO it’s more personal responsibility how to prevent yourself and people around you

  • “Justin Williams said he wants players to understand the importance of being responsible and taking care of themselves away from the rink before traveling to the hub city for the start of Phase 4 of the NHL Return to Play Plan. The Carolina Hurricanes right wing said Tuesday that players should be called out by teammates when they are not doing what is necessary to ensure their safety before they enter their Phase 4 Secure Zone.”

    Read it full
    https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-must-be-responsible-off-ice-before-phase-4-justin-williams-says/c-317343964?tcid=tw_news_content_id

    • Justin Williams would be the only type of “old” vet signing I would support for the Rangers. He’s a real leader, both on and off the ice.

  • “Justin Williams said he wants players to understand the importance of being responsible and taking care of themselves away from the rink before traveling to the hub city for the start of Phase 4 of the NHL Return to Play Plan. The Carolina Hurricanes right wing said Tuesday that players should be called out by teammates when they are not doing what is necessary to ensure their safety before they enter their Phase 4 Secure Zone.”

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