Yankees dealing with COVID issues as two coaches and one member of support staff test positive

by Ryan


The New York Yankees have had two coaches and one support staff member test positive for COVID-19 ahead of their series against the Rays in Tampa, and all three positive cases had previously been vaccinated, the team said. 

Third-base coach Phil Nevin was the first announced as one of the positive tests and is under quarantine protocol. After the series opener — a 3-1 Yankees win — the team also announced that first base coach Reggie Willits had also tested positive, as had an unnamed member of the support staff who is not a coach. 

Boone said earlier on Tuesday that no players were impacted by the situation. Here’s the Yankees’ initial statement released when Nevin was the only known positive case:

“We have a breakthrough positive involving 3B Coach Phil Nevin, who is fully vaccinated. He is currently under quarantine protocol in Tampa. Under Major League Baseball’s guidance and advice, and with its assistance, additional testing and contact tracing are ongoing.”

The news comes after the team reportedly achieved the 85-percent threshold for vaccinations.

Part of the incentive from Major League Baseball for achieving at least 85 percent vaccinated for a team’s “Tier 1” individuals include the relaxing of the COVID-19 restriction; individuals will not have to wear masks in the dugout or bullpen, will no longer be required to wear the league’s COVID-19 tracing program’s tracking devices and are allowed to gather for activities in the clubhouse, team bus/plane. “Tier 1” includes the team’s traveling party, or players, coaches, trainers, and other assorted staff. For teams that reach the 85-percent vaccinated mark, they also are given the option to be exempt from the league’s twice weekly testing.

Since the Yankees got to the vaccination threshold among their players and staff, vaccinated individuals are also no longer required to have to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact to someone who tests positive, unless they have symptoms.

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