Cubs: The Philadelphia Phillies have COVID-19–anybody else?

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The Chicago Cubs have learned that the Philadelphia Phillies have tested positive for COVID-19. Anybody else?

The Chicago Cubs have learned that the Philadelphia Phillies have tested positive for the coronavirus, per the Athletic. The Toronto Blue Jays and the San Francisco Giants have closed their facilities, as well. The Clemson Tigers football team has had more than its fair share. So it seems like we need to cancel this entire 2020 season for the players, staff and essential personnel.

Five players and three staff have tested positive at the Phillies’ Clearwater facility. That means that the facilities in Arizona and Florida will be closed indefinitely, and players and staff will have to get tested for the COVID-19 virus before entering. Going through cancer treatment and having to get the COVID-19 swab? Not fun–not fun at all. The nurse made me feel it would be ‘no big deal.’ She was wrong.

Chicago is ‘re-opening’ their doors, although Cook County is the last place you’d find. The Cook County Department of Public Health? A whopping 4,300 cases of COVID-19 deaths. Johns Hopkins is reporting 86,000 confirmed cases–the most by far for any county in the country.

Also, the Arizona issue would have made the Cubs spot on. The states record of 2,519 cases–reported Thursday–would have been the new high. Fast forward to Friday; it stands at 3,246–the new single-day record. Of the 46K and some odd change in Arizona? More than 55 percent would cipher right the Cactus League locales.

I have to be honest. Cancel the 2020 season. It’s just not worth it. The coronavirus virus has penetrated the Phillies’ Clearwater facility. The Blue Jays and Giants had no reported cases but had their facilities closed up anyway.

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In terms of having ‘ally,’ Mayor Lori Lightfoot leads the way. But her argument of positive public-health trends, access to world-class medical facilities, and the impact on local businesses? She’s in a league of her own. Local business? Sounds like she’s in knee-deep–especially with COVID-19 virus lingering it was around.