The NHL says 35 players in total have tested positive for the novel coronavirus over roughly the past month.
The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a five-per-cent rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.
“All Players who have tested positive have been self-isolated and are following CDC and Health Canada protocols,” a release from the NHL reads.
NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results: pic.twitter.com/NDWmOwnvnf
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 6, 2020
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff.
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Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.