As the NHL has done each Monday in recent weeks, they have released an update on the COVID-19 testing being done in the bubble. For the eighth straight week, there have been zero positive tests. Their statement reads as follows:
The NHL completed the eighth week of its Phase 4 Return to Play with no positive test results for COVID-19 among the 1,127 tests administered. Testing was administered on a daily basis to all members of the Clubs’ 52-member travelling parties, including Players, during the period from September 13-19. The NHL will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 testing results. The League will not be providing information on the identity of any individuals or Clubs.
There have now been over 32,000 tests administered in the NHL’s bubble, with zero positive results. Now that the Stanley Cup Finals have started, we’re down to just two teams and the weekly testing has decreased dramatically.
With just a few days left until the championship is awarded, the league seems destined to get through their return to play without experiencing another outbreak, though things can obviously change in an instant.