Blue Jays close Dunedin facility after player shows COVID-19 symptoms

Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi comes on to discuss the fallout of today’s concerning news regarding the shutdown of the Dunedin facilities.

The Toronto Blue Jays shut down their spring training facility in Dunedin after a player exhibited COVID-19 symptoms. Personnel at the facility have undergone testing for the coronavirus.

The player exhibiting symptoms is a pitcher on the 40-man roster who recently spent time with players in the Philadelphia Phillies’ minor league system, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The player is awaiting results from a COVID-19 test.

Earlier on Friday, the Phillies announced that five players and three staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 at the team’s spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla. — a few miles away from Toronto’s Dunedin facility. The San Francisco Giants also reportedly closed their complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., after one person who had been in the facility and one family member exhibited mild symptoms.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman also confirmed that the Tampa Bay Lightning have temporarily shut down their training facilities due to multiple cases of COVID-19 within the organization.

On Thursday, there were reports that a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coaching staff had tested positive for the virus, and two of the team’s assistants have been quarantined.

Cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise in Florida, with the state posting a record number of daily cases for the third day in a row.

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