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Thursday, October 01, 2020

MLB promised free COVID-19 testing for essential workers. We’re still waiting

Tucked away in Major League Baseball’s 113-page manual for playing through the coronavirus pandemic is a subtle assurance from the league and its owners to the public that baseball in 2020 would offset whatever resource drain might result from the business of baseball.

As Section 2.1.5, titled “Voluntary Testing of Household Members and First Responders” read: “MLB will offer free diagnostic/PCR and antibody/serology testing for…healthcare workers or other first responders in the Clubs’ home cities as a public service.”

MLB would clean up after itself, in other words, supplying free tests aimed at the workers cheered on by clanging pots and pans, in lieu of standing ovations at Yankee Stadium or Wrigley Field. Even if these tests might exclude other “essential workers,” and if the manual barely defined how MLB planned to set any of this into motion, it was something.

Or it would have been something, if it had happened. Exactly three months after the manual was shown to the public, and two months after Opening Day, MLB is only now beginning to return its attention to promises made in June.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2020 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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