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ZERO POSITIVE TEST RESULTS FOR COVID-19 IN EARLY STAGES OF PHASE 4

The NHL has done a more than amicable job of containment/prevention of COVID-19 thus far through Phases 3 and 4 of the NHL's Return to Play plan. With Major League Baseball facing more delays - and potentially a season cancellation - due to the spread of the virus, it has become abundantly clear that there is indeed a right way and a wrong way to execute on a safe return to play.

The NHL had administered thousands of tests to over 800 players throughout Phase 3 (training camp), with just a couple of positive test results. Those players were asked to self-isolate, which they did, resulting in full recoveries and no further positive tests results for the duration of Phase 3.

Now, with Phase 4 officially under way and with the conclusion of the exhibition games for all 24 teams who are participating in the qualifying rounds and the seeding rounds, the NHL has stepped up its game with regard to testing to ensure the safety of players, team personnel and league officials and the results are better than anyone could have expected.

Per TSN's Darren Dreger, the NHL has administered approximately 1500 COVID-19 tests per day since Sunday, with not one positive test result. Put one in the win column for the league and for the sports world.

What this means is that the NHL has created a very sound plan and has found a way execute it perfectly. Why does this matter and what does it mean for other leagues? Well, it means the NHL has effectively created a blueprint for success for any league that wishes to return to play without running the risk of a mass spread of COVID-19 to its athletes, league officials and personnel.

What an absolutely MASSIVE contribution toward the return of all professional sports during the pandemic. Granted, there is still room for improvement, but so far, the NHL has done a remarkable job and should be recognized and celebrated for its efforts.

MIKE ARMENTI
JULY 31, 2020  (18H33)
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