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More members of the St. Louis Cardinals reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 this weekend and according to ESPN that means their game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday has been suspended and a planned doubleheader on Sunday is in jeopardy. Friday’s contest between the two teams was also postponed after two members of the Cardinals tested positive.

There are now reportedly at least four more people who came down with coronavirus.

The team hasn’t confirmed any of the new infections so it’s not entirely clear where the new positives came from. The Athletic‘s Mark Saxon posted on Twitter he heard three of the new infections are staff and one is a player. He had no names beyond his initial sources but it is clear the spreading of the coronavirus on the Cardinals has MLB officials concerned.

The results on Saturday comes just one day after Major League Baseball held a phone call between Rob Manfred, MLBPA president Tony Clark and several members of the union. During that call, it’s reported the commissioner warned that if teams continued to see coronavirus outbreaks, it could mean an end to the 2020 season.

It’s also no known just how the virus spread throughout the Cardinals. ABC News reported that after the first two people on the team had positive test results, the rest of the roster self-isolated in their hotel rooms.

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That indicates they were exposed before the Cardinals took action and there could be more positives are about to be found. MLB officials are reportedly even more concerned about the Cardinals being exposed to the virus because it means it’s the first time a squad not located on the east coast has confirmed to have COVD-19 infections.

Uncertainty is reported as the story for MLB since the beginning of the week. While Manfred is warning people the 2020 season could come to a very abrupt, premature end he hasn’t made it clear just what would trigger that action.

Those involved in the Friday phone call believe Manfred was serious when he talked about pulling the plug if players aren’t more careful about the virus. There are also reports the league told broadcasting partners they should look for alternative programming starting as early as Monday. That would be an indication that if the Cardinals’ issue spreads to even more teams, or other outbreaks occur around Major League Baseball, a shut down could be coming in a matter of days.

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Missouri Secretary of State Ashcroft defends school comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said comments he made about fathers being willing to die to send their children back to school amid the coronavirus pandemic are being misinterpreted and overshadow his main message that children need to return to in-person classes this fall.

In an interview Monday, Ashcroft, a Republican, told Christian radio station KLFC in Branson, “At some point, we need to just put our heads down and say we’re gonna get through it, and we definitely need to send our kids back to school.”

He added that he didn’t “know a father alive that wouldn’t risk getting COVID, even risk dying, to make sure that his children had the greatest foundation for success for their life they could have.”

Ashcroft’s Democratic opponent in the November election, Yinka Faleti, of St. Louis, on Tuesday called Ashcroft’s statements “callous, insensitive and irresponsible” and suggested that he was willing to risk the lives of parents, children, teachers and staff to send children back to school, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

On Tuesday, Ashcroft told the newspaper that he did not say fathers should risk death to send their children back to school.

“I said I would risk that,” Ashcroft said. “And I didn’t know a father that wouldn’t. But I didn’t tell anybody else what to do. I just said we need to get schools going.”

Republican Gov. Mike Parson has left it up to school districts to decide how to proceed amid the pandemic. Most of the state’s largest districts have delayed reopening.

Ashcroft said schools must do things differently and take precautions but that he didn’t think it was fair to suggest that returning to school “automatically means death.”

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.


This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Ashcroft’s name in the headline.

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