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Report: Marlins cancel home opener as team’s COVID-19 outbreak hits 13 cases

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Miami Marlins after more members of their organization tested positive for COVID-19. This recent development has forced the front office to make a drastic decision, opting to cancel the team’s home opener scheduled for Monday against the Baltimore Orioles.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan broke the news via Twitter:

UPDATE: Passan later reported that seven more players, not eight, tested positive, bringing the total number to 13, not 14. 

It is clear that the coronavirus was not properly contained by the Marlins, with the count rising to an alarming number of at least 13 positive cases over the past few days. The number has more than doubled since the initial set of positive tests came back, and daunting as it may seem, it will not be surprising if more personnel turn out positive over the next couple of days.

The Marlins played a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday despite the initial outbreak:

The game between the Phillies and New York Yankees has been postponed, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

While no specific details have been revealed about how the outbreak started, there are some rumblings that it could have started in Atlanta after Miami played two exhibition games there. Either way, it is safe to assume that all this took was at least one individual who first contracted the virus. He may have been asymptomatic (or not), and he unwittingly spread the virus to other members of the team. At the end of the day, this serves as a reminder for all of us to take extra measures in ensuring that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus.

It remains to be seen how this will affect the Marlins’ schedule moving forward, as well as that of the rest of the league outside of these teams involved:

Stay tuned.