MLB, MLBPA announce 83 positive COVID-19 tests in intake, monitor screening

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In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo, a baseball is shown on the grass at the Cincinnati Reds baseball spring training facility in Goodyear, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin / AP)

MLB and the MLBPA say there have been a total of 83 positive COVID-19 test results — 71 players and 12 staff — through July 9 after the completion of intake screening and subsequent monitoring testing, the league and union announced Friday.

That total amounts to 0.7 per cent of the 11,149 samples that have been taken since the beginning of intake screening on June 27.

The MLB and MLBPA said 66 positive tests — 58 players and eight staff — emerged from intake screening, which was 1.8 per cent of the 3,748 samples taken.

A further 17 new positive tests — 13 players and four staff — came from the monitoring testing of 7,401 samples, a rate of 0.2 per cent.

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