The New York Yankees said Thursday that an eighth fully vaccinated team member tested positive for COVID-19. MLB and the New York State Department of Health are helping the team fight the outbreak, the team said in a statement.
The team said Thursday that shortstop Gleyber Torres, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for the virus and was placed on the COVID-19 injured list. They said he had already contracted the virus during the offseason.
Three coaches – Matt Blake, Phil Nevin and Reggie Willits – also tested positive, along with four of the team’s traveling staff. “All the positives are positive breakthroughs, occurring with people who have been fully immunized,” the statement said.
Six of the staff and coaches who tested positive are asymptomatic and are in quarantine in Tampa, manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday.
“We also learn as we go and educate ourselves on what exactly we need to do and we just try to do our best to be able to make quick adjustments on the fly,” Boone said during one. press conference. “I’m doing our best with it all.”
The Yankees previously operated under relaxed MLB protocols after successfully achieving an 85% vaccination rate among players, coaches and support staff.
At a White House press briefing Thursday, CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky called positive Yankees cases possible new variants, but said the cases did not deny efficacy. vaccine in large populations.
“I understand six of the seven infections were asymptomatic infections and we are looking to more data from this report to understand what happened there,” Walensky said. “All real world data in large studies in settings shows that vaccines are effective against the disease.”