Reds Announce Arizona-Based Spring Training Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2020

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 14:  A close up view of a hat and baseball glove in the dugout with the New Era logo before a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on May 14, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chicago defeated Cincinnati 3-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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The Cincinnati Reds announced Wednesday a team employee based in Arizona tested positive for the coronavirus. 

"For your reference, the dates involved are February 29, 2020, through March 14, 2020," the team said. "The Reds staff who came in close contact with this employee are being tested and have self-quarantined."

During spring training, the Reds are stationed in Goodyear, Arizona, along with the Cleveland Indians

MLB canceled spring training and pushed Opening Day back by at least two weeks to limit the possible spread of COVID-19. The league extended its hiatus through the middle of May after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday an eight-week halt to events with more than 50 people.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported that some MLB executives were hopeful of a start before June.

According to CNN, doctors have confirmed more than 193,000 cases of the coronavirus.

No MLB player has tested positive for the disease to date, but the New York Yankees announced Tuesday they had a second minor leaguer diagnosed with COVID-19.

Following the cancellation of spring training, players were permitted to leave their team's facilities and return home but had the option to remain where they were.

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