January 28, 2021

Repeated coronavirus testing key to MLB reopening, says commissioner Rob Manfred (ESPN)

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday night outlined the coronavirus-testing protocols the league hopes to implement, telling CNN that frequent tests will be key to the sport’s restart and that a positive test won’t mean shutting down an entire team.

Manfred said the league, which plans in the coming days to discuss in-depth health-and-safety protocols with the MLB Players Association, intends to test players and other baseball personnel multiple times a week using a drug-testing lab in Utah it converted to process thousands of COVID-19 tests weekly. Additionally, for those who show coronavirus symptoms, the league would use rapid point-of-contact testing to determine whether they are infected. Were someone to test positive, Manfred said, that individual would be quarantined, and those who have come into contact with the person would be rapidly tested as well. Those who do test positive, Manfred said, would be quarantined until testing negative twice over a 24-hour period.

“Our experts are advising us that we don’t need a 14-day quarantine,” the commissioner told CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “What we will do is, the positive individual…

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