Story at a glance
- Three members of the New York Yankees coaching and support staff tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated.
- While rare, “a small percentage” of fully vaccinated people do still test positive in what are called “breakthrough” cases.
- No team players have tested positive at this time.
The New York Yankees are facing a “breakthrough” coronavirus outbreak, with three confirmed cases among their coaching and staff.
Third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits, and an unknown staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced on Tuesday.
The three positives are “breakthrough positives” because each person is fully vaccinated.
While Nevin is quarantined in Tampa and some staff members were sent home out of “an abundance of caution” based on who they may have come in contact with, no players have tested positive at this time, according to manager Aaron Boone.
However, the breakthrough positives are leading the team to evaluate its protocols.
“We’ll have to evaluate and make sure we’re doing everything we possibly can to prevent things from happening,’’ Boone said.
Though the coronavirus vaccines available in the United States are highly effective, “a small percentage” of people who are fully vaccinated have tested positive for the coronavirus in these “breakthrough” cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Yankees team and most staff received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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