Third base coach Phil Nevin was the first to be announced as one of the positive tests and is under quarantine protocol. After the opening of the series – a 3-1 victory for the Yankees – the team also announced this first base coach Reggie Willits had also tested positive, as had an anonymous member of the support staff who is not a coach.
Boone said earlier on Tuesday that no player was affected by the situation. Here is the Yankees’ initial statement released when Nevin was the only known positive case:
“We have a positive breakthrough involving 3B coach Phil Nevin, who is fully vaccinated. He is currently on quarantine protocol in Tampa. Under the guidance and guidance of Major League Baseball, and with its assistance, further testing and contact tracing is underway. ”
The news comes after the team reportedly hit the 85% threshold for vaccinations.
Part of Major League Baseball’s push to reach at least 85 percent vaccine for “level 1” individuals on a team includes easing the COVID-19 restriction; individuals will not be required to wear masks in the canoe or reliever pen, will no longer be required to wear the league’s COVID-19 tracking program tracking devices, and will be allowed to assemble for activities in the clubhouse, the team bus / plane. “Level 1” includes the team’s traveling team, or various players, coaches, coaches and other staff. For teams that reach the 85% vaccine mark, they also have the option of being exempted from league testing twice a week.
Since the Yankees hit the vaccination threshold among their players and staff, those vaccinated are also no longer required to self-quarantine if identified as close contact with someone who tests positive, unless they are ‘they do not show symptoms.