Multiple Players & Staff of the Tampa Bay Lightning Test Positive for Coronavirus; Training Facility Shut Down

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TSN Insider Bob McKenzie reported on Friday that three unnamed players and two staffers from the Tampa Bay Lightning are believed to have tested positive for Coronavirus. They have temporarily shut down their training facility in the midst of the NHL’s Phase 2 of the Return to Play Plan.

All players and staff are being tested. The Lightning’s training facility could open back up if remaining tests come back negative

It is possible for positive tests to come back negative after a second test has been done.

On June 8, the league transitioned into Phase 2, which allowed training facilities to open for voluntary workouts with a maximum of six players for all 24 teams in the extended playoff format.

The news does raise questions, however. Florida is one of several recent Coronavirus outbreaks across the country and is expected to become the next U.S. epicenter of the virus.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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