MLB has no plans to postpone games amidst coronavirus outbreak, but is giving teams preparation guidelines

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The coronavirus outbreak has drawn plenty of attention worldwide, but it hasn’t disrupted the American sports scene. Not yet, at least.

With the 2020 season just around the corner, Major League Baseball does not have plans to cancel or postpone games at this point, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. However, the league has created an internal task force to prepare for different scenarios relating to the outbreak and sent guidelines to teams.

The guidelines, according to Passan, are that players avoid taking balls and pens directly from fans to sign autographs, and don’t do handshakes. Teams will maintain communication with local health authorities and consult a specialist to aid in that communication. Teams will also ensure that all players are up to date on vaccinations.

Locally, Cook County has four confirmed cases with a possible fifth case suspected at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Illinois became the first state to conduct its own test, which is why positive tests have come more quickly.

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