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Casino Trip May Have Caused Major League Baseball Team's COVID-19 Outbreak

St. Louis Cardinals Players Were At A Casino Before Several Players Tested Positive For The Virus


A trip to a casino may have caused a COVID-19 outbreak among a Major League Baseball team.

Several members of the St. Louis Cardinals tested positive for the virus Thursday, causing the team’s weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers to be postponed. It’s also likely that many of their games scheduled for this week will be postponed as well.

On Saturday afternoon, baseball analyst and former MLB player Jerry Hariston Jr. tweeted that he had been told that “a few Cardinals” went to a casino before the positive tests emerged.

At the time of Hairston’s tweet, it was just a rumor, but longtime baseball insider Jon Heyman confirmed the rumor Monday morning. According to the tweet, three players and four staff members of the organization have tested positive.

The names of players at the casino or which casino they were spotted at, have not been released.

The Cardinals were in Minnesota last week, losing to the Twins on Wednesday before a scheduled off-day on Thursday and what was scheduled to the Brewers’ home opener Friday evening in Milwaukee. Depending on the travel schedule of the team, the players could have been at a casino in Minnesota, Missouri or in the Milwaukee area.

According to a Milwaukee NBC affiliate, members of the team were seen at a Milwaukee golf course Thursday, making it likely the players were at a Wisconsin casino.

The closest casino to the home park of the Milwaukee Brewers is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. According to the American Gaming Association’s casino tracker, the tribal property reopened for business June 8.