According to sources, the Gigantes del Cibao would be the second team affected by multiple positive cases of COVID-19 in winter baseball in the Dominican Republic
Sources linked to Giants of the Cibao informed ESPN that the team would be affected by at least six positive cases of COVID-19. Additionally, it is estimated that another four cases could be confirmed within the next few hours, however, the team is conducting new PCR tests to confirm.
The Deputy Minister of Public Health, Edward Guzmán, confirmed the news in the Big in Sports space. “The Giants had several positives, they do not reach seven. Today new PCR tests are being carried out,” said the official.
The information comes to light in the middle of the first outbreak of consideration within the championship of the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM). At least five cases of COVID-19 in Tigres del Licey by your general manager, Junior Noboa. If confirmed that Giants of the Cibao has multiple cases in its ranks, it would be the second team with multiple positives for the virus, thus LIDOM could be forced to suspend matches.
In this situation, the teams that have played matches against Giants of the Cibao (Águilas Cibaeñas and Leones del Escogido) must initiate a contact tracing phase, in order to establish which of their players were exposed for the longest time to the players who have allegedly tested positive, according to the health protocol against COVID-19 implemented by the LIDOM.
For the championship LIDOM it would be a hard blow to stop with only four games played, since it has already been affected by multiple game suspensions due to inclement weather.
According to the president of LIDOM, Vitelio Mejía, the league’s health protocol has been structured in such a way that, in the event of multiple cases of the virus appearing within any of the teams, they can be detected and isolated effectively to prevent its spread. Additionally, an expanded roster of 38 players has been created, made up of the active players who act each day and a group of reserve baseball players who have to undergo the same protocols as the starters and replace them in case of positive cases. .
ESPN has made efforts to obtain a reaction from the management of Giants of the Cibao, without so far they have wanted to refer to the situation.