From 16 NBA players testing positive for COVID-19 to an update on the coronavirus, here are your top business and sports stories on Friday, June 26.
NBA Players Test Positive for Coronavirus
302 NBA players and team personnel were part of a mandatory coronavirus testing pool. According to the Associated Press, 16 of them tested positive for COVID-19, which is roughly 5%.
The league did not release the names of players but Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker, and Alex Len all came forward revealing they were in the group of players that tested positive.
Players and teams can start reporting to the NBA’s bubble in Florida on July 7 and the league is scheduled to resume its season on July 30.
A Coronavirus Update
There are over 9.6 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 490,000 deaths. The U.S. has over 2.4 million cases with over 124,000 deaths.
The market is selling off Friday, with the major indices down over 1.5% in intraday trading.
Texas will roll back some reopening plans as coronavirus cases have surged and hospitalizations have soared, about two months after allowing businesses to reopen.
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the state of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars."
Bars in Texas were ordered to close by noon Friday. And restaurants will be required to operate at 50% capacity starting Monday. This move came less than 24 hours after Abbott ordered a pause on reopening phases in Texas.
And Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered bars to close in his state after indicating that he would not move the state into its next phase of reopening. Florida reported nearly 9,000 new cases on Thursday.
Infections rose across the U.S. on Thursday by more than 39,800, the largest one-day increase of the pandemic and higher than the previous peak on April 24. Florida, California, Arizona and Texas account for almost half of all new cases.
Want Your Cardboard Cutout at the San Francisco Giants Games?
The San Francisco Giants announced they will not allow fans at Oracle Park this upcoming season due to concerns over spreading the coronavirus.
But they are allowing fans to send in photos of themselves, which the team will put on weather-proof cardboard cutouts and place in seats around the stadium.
The Giants are calling it the “Giants Fan Cutout Program.”
According to ESPN, the cutouts of season ticket holders will be placed near their original seats and non-season ticket holders will have to pay $99 to get their cutouts into the stadium. The team says the program allows fans to “be at Oracle Park even when you’re home watching the game.”