NHL has collected 15 positive COVID-19 tests since start of Phase 2

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: The ice and spectator seating is empty prior to the Detroit Red Wings playing against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on March 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Yesterday, the NBA suspended their season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The NHL said per a release, that the uncertainty regarding next steps regarding the coronavirus, Clubs were advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings today. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NHL remains in Phase 2 of its return-to-play plan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

More NHL players have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The league released a second update on its COVID-19 testing while carrying out Phase 2 of its return-to-play plan, and announced that a total of 15 players have returned a positive diagnosis since practice facilities opened for involuntary workouts on June 8.

This marks just four additional cases since the last update from the NHL provided 10 days ago.

More than 1,450 tests have been conducted through the first three weeks of the testing process, with in excess of 250 players taking part in semi-organized workouts and routine testing.

In addition to the 15 cases found since June 8, the NHL says it’s aware of 11 other players who have tested positive “outside of the Phase 2 protocol,” bringing the total to 26 known cases in the NHL since the outset of the pandemic.

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The NHL reiterated that all players who have tested positive have been instructed to self-isolate and continue following instructions from the CDC and Health Canada.

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