COVID-19 Still Affecting US Professional Sports
It has been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, forcing the shutdown of all live sporting events.
All of the major professional sports are back in action, but schedules are still being affected.
The National Hockey League has been dealing with COVID-19 issues all season long, it seems like, and this time it is the Vancouver Canucks. This outbreak isn’t just a minor issue either, as it has been confirmed that over half the team has tested positive for the virus.
On Sunday, the list of players to test positive for COVID-19 grew to 16. According to the same source, several players are very sick from the virus, while almost all of the players are showing some sort of symptoms.
The NHL initially shut the Canucks practice facility down through Tuesday, with hopes of allowing Vancouver to return to action on Thursday. Those dates have now been pushed back, and it’s unclear when the team will return to the ice.
ESPN has confirmed that most of the players and coaching staff have been infected with the P.1 variant that originated in Brazil. This strain of COVID-19 is more contagious and produces similar symptoms to the initial strand.
The NHL is now trying to determine if the Canucks will be able to return to the ice at all this season, and it will depend on how players recover from the virus. This is the worst outbreak that the NHL has had to deal with, and it could have major impacts on the league moving forward.
The Montreal Canadiens were the first team from Canada to have a COVID-19 outbreak, and that team had four games postponed in March. There have been 45 games postponed due to COVID-19 this season, but the majority of them have been games featuring teams from the US.
Nationals Set to Begin Season
Major League Baseball was hoping that the COVID-19 concerns would not affect another season, but that won’t be the case. Before the season opener, some members of the Washington Nationals tested positive for COVID-19, forcing their start of the season to be delayed.
Washington was set to take on the New York Mets in the opening series, but all three games of that series were postponed. The Nationals were scheduled to take on the Atlanta Braves in a series beginning on Monday, but the first game of that series was also scrapped.
Major League Baseball has announced that the Nationals will begin the 2021 season on Tuesday as it appears that the spread of the virus is finally under control. The Braves and Nationals will play a doubleheader on Wednesday to make up for the lost game on Monday as the league does not want the Nationals to fall behind.
Four members of the Nationals have tested positive for COVID-19, and seven more have been placed in quarantine. Washington has not announced the names of the players having positive tests, but it is expected to affect its starting lineup and pitching rotation.
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