Several Blue Jays players and staff members test positive for COVID-19

Several Blue Jays players and staff members test positive for COVID-19

Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878.

Dr. Andrew Morris, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Toronto and the medical director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Sinai-University Health Network, said he does not see how the government can approve Major League Baseball playing in Canada.

"If there is some interest in that we would have to get a proposal from them, to see how they would undertake the uniqueness of bringing the team and other teams up here to play and how that would work", Williams said.

The players weren't named in Davidi's report, though he said that the cases were related to the Blue Jays' Spring Training facility in Dunedin shutting down last week.

Already faced with the significant challenge and uncertainty of where to play their 2020 season, the Blue Jays have now been rocked with an outbreak of COVID-19.

The Blue Jays will reportedly hold a news conference tomorrow. It's unclear if any of the team's regular-season games could be staged in Buffalo. The US-Canada border is also closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.

Canada has waived the 14-day quarantine for Vancouver, Edmonton or Toronto being a potential National Hockey League hub city, agreeing to a cohort quarantine where teams stay in an essential bubble during the Stanley Cup tournament. If the Blue Jays play in Toronto, both themselves and the visiting opponents would be subject to those restrictions.

Non-essential travel between the US and Canadian border is now restricted, meaning there are a lot of issues to be dealt with for the Blue Jays traveling to play in the United States and American teams traveling to Toronto.

Earlier Wednesday, all-star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies became the first Major League Baseball player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The issue remains highly delicate as Covid-19 cases are surging across much of the United States, and anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must quarantine for 14 days.

Florida reported 5,508 new cases of the virus overnight into Wednesday morning, shattering the previous one day record of 4,049 from Saturday.

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