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Sources – MLB commissioner warns of shutdown if coronavirus isn’t better managed – ESPN


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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport doesn’t do a better job of managing the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season, sources familiar with the conversation told ESPN.

The league and players recognize the coming days are a critical juncture following an outbreak among the Miami Marlins in which 21 members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19. Two positive tests by St. Louis Cardinals players on Friday exacerbated concerns inside the sport about the presence of the coronavirus and whether the jointly agreed-upon protocols are being followed properly to prevent outbreaks similar to Miami’s.

Should another outbreak materialize, Manfred, who has the power to shut down the season, could move in that direction. Multiple players briefed on the call fear the season could be shut down as soon as Monday if positive tests jump or if players continue not to strictly abide by the league’s protocols.

State and local governments have pressured baseball about players skirting the mandates outlined in the league’s 113-page operations manual, sources told ESPN. Broadcasts that have shown players high-fiving, spitting and not wearing masks have left government officials wondering how seriously players are taking the protocols, sources said.

Further, there is concern about off-the-field choices, with one high-ranking official saying: “There are some bad decisions being made.”

The Cardinals’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers was postponed Friday and rescheduled to a doubleheader Sunday. Already, the Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies, who last played Miami on Sunday, were missing scheduled games, leaving 20% of the league’s Friday slate empty.

Major League Baseball and the MLBPA on Friday jointly announced the results of COVID-19 testing through Thursday. Of the 11,895 samples taken over the past week, there were 29 positive tests — 20 by players and nine by staff members.

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FDA commissioner refuses to defend Trump claim that 99% of Covid-19 cases are ‘harmless’ – CNN

(CNN)The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration on Sunday declined to defend President Donald Trump’s unfounded claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless” and repeatedly refused to say whether Trump’s remark is true or false.

“I’m not going to get into who is right and who is wrong,” Dr. Stephen Hahn, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
During his remarks Saturday at the White House Independence Day event, Trump claimed without evidence that 99% of coronavirus cases “are totally harmless.”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 35% of cases are asymptomatic, but even people with mild or no symptoms can spread the virus to others.
While the World Health Organization has said the global fatality rate is likely less than 1%, the WHO also said about 20% of all people who are diagnosed with coronavirus are sick enough to need oxygen or hospital care.
“I totally support the CDC and the information that they’re putting out with respect to this pandemic,” Hahn said Sunday.
Hahn said the coronavirus pandemic is “a rapidly evolving situation” but stressed that the US “absolutely must take this seriously.”
Pressed by Bash on the program whether the President’s comment is true or false, Hahn again did not defend the President’s claim.
“What I’ll say is that we have data in the White House task force. Those data show us that this is a serious problem. People need to take it seriously,” Hahn said.
There have been more than 2.8 million cases of coronavirus in the United States and at least 129,000 people in the US have died, according to Johns Hopkins University’s latest tally.
Trump celebrated the Fourth of July at Mount Rushmore on Friday and at the White House’s “Salute to America” on Saturday, where many attendees were seen neither socially distancing nor wearing masks at both events.
“if you don’t follow local and state guidelines about what to do, if you’re not following the CDC and White House task force guidelines, you are putting yourselves and you’re putting your loved ones at risk,” Hahn said.
Asked if he was uncomfortable by the President holding those events that put Americans at risk, Hahn said the circumstances are different.
“I think in terms of that specific instance at the White House, it’s important for everyone to remember that it’s a different set of circumstances. People are tested regularly. The President is tested regularly,” Hahn said.
Hahn was also questioned about the President’s recent doubling down in a Fox Business interview of his belief that coronavirus will “sort of just disappear.”
“No, we’re seeing the surge in cases, particularly across the Sun Belt. And so this virus is still with us,” the FDA commissioner told CNN.

‘Too early to tell’ if Florida is safe for GOP convention

Hahn said it is “too early to tell” whether Florida will be a safe place for the Republican National Convention next month amid a surge of Covid-19 cases there.
“We’ll have to see how this unfolds in Florida and around the country,” Hahn said.
Florida set an all-time record of the most coronavirus cases in the US in a single day on Saturday, with a total of 11,458 cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Republican National Committee spokesman Mike Reed told CNN the party is committed to holding the convention in Florida but will be conducting temperature checks and have testing available to attendees.
“The RNC is committed to holding a safe convention that fully complies with local health regulations in place at the time. The event is still almost two months away, and we are planning to offer health precautions including but not limited to temperature checks, available (personal protective equipment), aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available COVID-19 testing,” Reed said in a statement.
Reed added that the RNC will continue to coordinate with local leadership in Jacksonville and state of Florida.
“We will continue to work with state and local officials to ensure the safety of all attendees. The President is looking forward to a great celebration,” Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement provided to CNN.
The convention is slated for August 24-27 in Jacksonville, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Trump will accept the nomination this year in Jacksonville, which implemented mandatory face mask requirements last week due to the spike in infections, but the Republican National Committee is contractually obligated to hold a portion of its convention in Charlotte.
The President’s reelection team selected the Sunshine State as the new location for much of the convention after sparring with officials in North Carolina over convention size and social distancing requirements.
This story has been updated with additional details.

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Commissioner Roger Goodell releases memo outlining guidelines to safely reopen NFL team facilities –

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 clubs on Wednesday outlining initial plans for the reopening of team facilities.

UCHealth Training Center and the remaining 31 training facilities have been closed since late March as part of the league’s response to COVID-19.

Goodell’s memo details protocols that will allow an initial reopening phase that includes a portion of the team’s employees returning to work. No more than 50 percent of the team’s employees (or up to 75 people) will be allowed in the building in a day.

These guidelines could be stricter depending on local and state guidelines.

No players would return to the facilities during this initial phase, unless they were visiting to continue rehab and treatment that was already taking place when facilities initially closed.

Those who return to the facilities must follow a number of protocols, including wearing a cloth mask and undergoing a daily temperature screening, according to a report by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Goodell’s memo suggests teams should prepare to install these protocols by May 15.

The league is also working on crafting guidelines for a second phase of reopening that includes a larger number of staff members and also includes players. The memo says that the NFL is working with the NFLPA to develop proper protocols as it relates to access to the facilities.

All protocols were developed in a process led by Dr. Allen Sills and reviewed by Duke University’s infectious disease physicians, the NFLPA’s medical director and the CDC. Sills will contact each team’s physician and newly established Infection Control Officer before the facilities reopen.

The memo also states that the league is working to plan for the 2020 season and that the NFL will be prepared for contingencies.

The 2020 NFL schedule is expected to be released on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. MT.

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