NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Major League Baseball teams returned to the field on Friday, and later the results of the initial round of COVID-19 testing were released. The league says that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive out of 3,185 total people tested.
At first glance, the 1.2% rate of positivity is lower than might have been feared. Whether or not previously identified cases are included in the numbers isn’t entirely clear, but the first round of results seem promising.
MLB Communications reported that nineteen of thirty teams had at least one positive test.
Because COVID-19 is not considered an employment-related injury, MLB is respecting the privacy of individual players who test positive or who are under evaluation, and will not reveal their identities without permission.