The Dodgers organization has had a handful of people test positive for COVID-19 in the week since the team won the World Series.
Now, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has revealed the organization has had five employees, along with one family member, test positive for the coronavirus.
Before you jump to conclusions about Turner’s involvement with the outbreak, it’s not clear at this point he had anything to do with it or if any of the positive tests came from players.
“Most” of the positive cases were of people who weren’t inside the bubble in Arlington, USA Today reported based on an anonymous source.
Whether or not that clears Turner of causing the spread within the organization is a question. For now, there’s no evidence to support that assumption but contact tracing could reveal that down the line.
The MLB just led the Dodgers and Justin Turner off the hook
The news of coronavirus cases within the Dodgers organization is interesting with the backdrop of the MLB’s decision not to punish Turner for his actions after receiving his own positive test.
The third baseman was pulled during the eighth inning of Game 6 when it was determined that an inconclusive test from the day before was indeed positive. However, when the Dodgers prevailed 3-1 over the Rays, he returned to the field to celebrate the World Series victory with his team.
Commissioner Rob Manfred determined the violations of COVID-19 isolation protocols wouldn’t result in any discipline because of miscommunication leading to Turner’s return to the field.
Los Angeles is experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases like many places around the country with rising transmission rates concerning health officials.