Chicago Cubs’ players, coaches test negative for COVID-19

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Whew. The Chicago Cubs’ players and coaches ALL test negative for the COVID-19 virus.

The Chicago Cubs‘ players and coaches tested negative for the coronavirus. They were the only National League team that had not a player test positive with it. They don’t seem to be doing any different from any MLB team. Dumb luck? Could be. The Cubs’ Ian Happ and the ‘Compound?’ Definitely. Okay, I was kidding about the ‘Compound.’ Or am I?

Pitching coach Tommy Hottovy dealt with COVID-19 for 30 days. It was a harrowing experience for him. But he says luck is a contributing factor in the process. The club has been diligent with the words to the team. Everyone needs to take the virus seriously for the sake of the whole club.

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With the COVID-19 virus in North Carolina, we’ve had 76,258 confirmed cases. The death toll is 1,446. Now, I’m in tune with North Carolina. I’ve lived here for 18 years. The death toll gets increasingly higher with the flu virus. Heck, I don’t know where it stands, as of now. But Cook County, where Chicago is at? 92k+ cases, 4,630 is the death toll. That’s not good for the Cubs.

If they want to keep the list of 80 something names from having a positive test? Well, it’s futile. They’ll have it. The key to it? Stop it from running rampant. One or two cases are fine, especially from Cook County. But four, five or more? Then we’re getting to the point of having to ‘drop out of the race.’ Meaning closing down shop, specifically in Cook County.

"“I feel like now we’re in that routine,” Hoyer said. “It doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods, but I do think that transition was the challenge and now that we’re past that, I think things will run really well.”"

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Time will tell. If they have one or two cases from an 80-person list? That’s a win for me. Kyle Ryan remains on the list because of ‘protocol technicalities.’ But he’ll return at the end of the week–or sooner.