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NHL announces seventh straight week with zero positive COVID-19 tests

NHL COVID-19 tests

TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 03: A general view of NHL signage ahead of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 3, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

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The NHL announced on Monday that it has gone a seventh consecutive week without reporting a single positive COVID-19 test result during Phase 4 of its Return To Play plan.

There were 1,357 tests conducted between the week of September 6 and September 12 without a single one being reported as positive.

The NHL has not reported a single positive COVID-19 test since the middle of July when they reported two during the training camp portion of the return. It has now been more than two months since since that time. There were 43 positive tests reported during the Phase 2 portion when teams were holding small group workouts at team facilities.


At the end of July there were 24 teams that reported to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, with all 52 members of each team’s traveling parties being subjected to daily testing. There have been zero positive tests reported during that time.

The NHL is currently in the Conference Final round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Vegas Golden Knights, and Dallas Stars all playing in the Edmonton bubble. The winners of each series will remain in Edmonton for the Stanley Cup Final and continue with daily testing throughout the remainder of the playoffs.

The Western Conference Final continues on Monday night with Game 5 between the Golden Knights and Stars.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Final schedule

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.