There's some not-so-good news for Blue Jays fans. Reports on Wednesday, June 24 suggest that numerous Toronto Blue Jays players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19. This news comes after the team's training camp in Dunedin, Fla. was shut down a few days ago.

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi first reported the news and shared it on Twitter on June 24.

"Multiple #BlueJays players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19, per source," shared Davidi in a tweet.

He added that the positive diagnoses were related to the shutdown at the Jays' training camp in Florida on Friday.

The Jays had cut short their spring training practice in Dunedin last Friday after one of the players had shown potential COVID-19 symptoms.

According to The Canadian Press via CBC, the news about the positive tests has been provided by a source who spoke anonymously.

The team is yet to publicly comment on the reports, so at the moment, it's not known which players or staff members have reportedly tested positive. 

According to Davidi, the team still hopes to play home games in Toronto.

But, right now, it's still unclear where the team will hold their training camp and if they'd play home games at Rogers Centre.

Florida has seen a terrifying increase of cases of COVID-19 on June 23 with an additional 3,286 cases

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional 5,508 new positive COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, June 23, totalling 109,014 Florida cases.

The Blue Jays aren't the only Toronto team to be in the southern state practicing ahead of the season right now.

The Toronto Raptors have already started training in Fort Myers, Fla. before the league starts up again in July, via CBC.

In fact, they're arriving in the state, amid its spiking cases, several weeks earlier than other teams will be.

As the only Canadian NBA franchise, similar to the Jays' position in MLB, the Raptors cannot cross the U.S. border to return to Toronto without having to re-enter an extended period of isolation.

For what it's worth, MLB said Tuesday it intends to launch a delayed 60-game season in empty ballparks starting July 23-24. Teams are scheduled to report to training camps one week today, on July 1. 

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