Cubs player in minor league camp tests positive for COVID-19


A Cubs player in minor league camp has tested positive for COVID-19, manager David Ross said Wednesday.

According to Ross, the Cubs have done contact tracing, testing those in the vicinity of the player multiple times. No one has needed to be isolated.

"We went through the contact tracing and everything’s clean as far as that goes," Ross added. "Went through all the sensors that we wear and everybody’s good."

MLB this season is requiring players and staff to wear Kinexon contact-tracing devices in club facilities, during team activities and during travel. Players put the device on when arriving at the team facility, wear it throughout the day and turn it in when leaving for the day.

According to Ross, the devices communicate with one another. If a player tests positive, the team is able to use a program to show who was around that person, the distance they were from the person and for how long, expediting the contact tracing process.

"I know one of our trainers was very thankful for that device when we had a positive," Ross said.

The Cubs were the only team in baseball last season to not have a player test positive for COVID-19. They previously had no positive tests this spring, though reliever Pedro Strop was isolated from the club earlier this month for a protocol violation.


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