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Dodgers organization is having a COVID-19 outbreak


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They should be celebrating a World Series, and yet many will be restricted from seeing anyone.

At least nine members of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and one family member have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last few days, a health department spokesperson told NBC News on Saturday. That represents a four-person uptick from a Thursday post from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which stated five members of the organization plus one family member had tested positive.

The identities are not public, nor is whether Justin Turner, whose test came back positive during the Dodgers’ World Series-deciding victory, is included. USA Today reported that among the original five who were stated to have contracted the virus, “most of” the infected were outside the bubble the team had created in Arlington.

“The Dodgers organization continues to work with us during this ongoing outbreak investigation,’’ the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health told USA Today Sports on Friday.

What should have been an unbridled joy from the club became tainted when Turner returned to the field to celebrate with his teammates shortly after the Game 6 win. After an investigation, Major League Baseball chose not to discipline Turner in citing poor decision-making and communication all around; Turner believed he could return to the field, where he just wanted to take a picture with his wife and thought he got the go-ahead, and security did not stop him.

The Dodgers then all tested negative and flew back to Los Angeles. Whether these positive tests occurred with people on the flight is unclear.

 

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