Major League Baseball and MLBPA issued a joint press release on Friday to announce the latest results from the COVID-19 sport test results until July 16. For the most part, this is encouraging news that should pave the way for the regular season to start as scheduled on July 23.
The league collected 10,548 samples in the past week, but only six (0.05%) returned as new positives. Five of them were from players, the other from a staff member. There was also a five-day period during which no new positives were reported.
To date, the league has collected 17,949 control samples and 23 new positives (18 players, 5 staff members), which equals 0.1%. Combining the continuous surveillance tests and the admission screening that started on June 27, there were 93 positive tests (80 players) among 21,701 samples, which corresponds to 0.4%. Twenty-eight of the 30 teams in the league had at least one positive result.