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Phillies: 5 Players/3 Staff Positive COVID; Visit NJ Nursing Home Sunday; Juneteenth Celebrations
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 06/19/20 11:29 pm | updated: 06/19/20 11:29 pm
The Philadelphia Phillies confirmed on Friday, 6/19, that 8 members of the organization at the team's facility in Clearwater, Florida, have tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19. That includes 5 players and 3 staff members. 8 staff members have tested negative. There are still 12 staff and 20 players awaiting test results. The names of those who tested positive are not known, nor is it known if the players were major or minor leaguers. No one who has tested positive has required hospitalization. The team facilities in Clearwater have been closed indefinitely and are being cleaned and sanitized. Spectrum Field had first shut down in March when Spring Training was suspended and was cleaned. It slowly reopened to accommodate players who were rehabbing injuries. This is the first reported outbreak of COVID-19 for a MLB team. It is too soon to know how this might affect negotiations to restart the MLB season or specifically the Phillies' season.

"The Phillies are committed to the health and welfare of our players, coaches and staff as our highest priority, and as a result of these confirmed tests, all facilities in Clearwater have been closed indefinitely to all players, coaches and staff and will remain closed until medical authorities are confident that the virus is under control and our facilities are disinfected," Managing Partner John Middleton said.

Starting Sunday, June 21, Father's Day, New Jersey will allow limited visits at nursing and assisted living homes in the state. State Heath Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the visits could begin at Nursing homes, Assisted living residences, Dementia care homes, Pediatric transitional care homes, and Comprehensive personal care homes. Reunions must take place at designated outdoor areas, you must adhere to social distancing guidelines, masked staff members must also be in attendance, and residents and family must sign a consent form acknowledging that possible exposure to coronavirus can occur.

Also, on Monday, June 22, personal care businesses will be allowed to resume in New Jersey. This includes hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo shops. They must folow appropriate guidelines. "We have given personal care businesses specific guidance meant to safeguard both clients and staff. And greatly lessen the threat of exposure to COVID-19," Governor Phil Murphy said. "We ask you to take every precaution as well. Remember to wear your face covering and to keep your social distance. Continue to wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer."

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865. That is the day that Union general Gordon Granger finally brought word of President Abraham Lincoln's 1862 Emancipation Proclamation to Galveston, TX, after the end of the Civil War. 'General Order No. 3' declared 'all slaves are free.' The ratification of the Thirteen Amendment would come in December 1865, but Juneteenth has been celebrated as the 'end of slavery' informally and formally for 155 years. Earlier this week, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed an executive order declaring Friday, June 19, 2020, an official city holiday and closed city offices. There were celebrations and marches across the area today, despite some COVID-19 cancellations including the parade. One of the largest events that did happen was the Brotherly Love March in West Philadelphia from 52nd Street and Girard Avenue to Malcolm X Park.

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