Mark Shapiro: No Blue Jays have tested positive for COVID-19, the organization’s plan for stadium staff, and more!

Mark Shapiro, who’s currently under self-isolation at home in Toronto, did a conference call on Sunday in order to give media an update as to where the Blue Jays are at when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The important notes…
No Blue Jays (players or staff) have been tested positive for COVID-19 as of right now. So that’s good!
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Shun Yamaguchi, and Rafael Dolis are the only three big-leaguers left at camp in Dunedin. They can’t leave right now due to immigration complications. Beyond them, 30 minor-leaguers remain because there’s nowhere for them to go. 18 of those players are from Venezuela. It seems everyone else has gone home.
Game-day stadium staff were placed on temporary layoff to give them access to Employment Insurance. Apparently, ownership is committing money beyond the $30 million ($1 million per team) that Major League Baseball announced to support these employees. The Blue Jays have a plan in place through April and are working on the next phase.
There isn’t much of a sense of what’ll happen until the infection curve begins to flatten. This could get really, really bad (my words, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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