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COVID-19: The beat goes Omicron and on and on

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The GIST: Unfortunately, you’ll probably be seeing this section for the foreseeable future. March 2020, is that you?

December 22, 2021
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The GIST: Unfortunately, you’ll probably be seeing this section for the foreseeable future. March 2020, is that you?

Driving the news: Late Monday, the NHL announced a pause in the season, beginning today and lasting through December 26th — a move that comes after over 40 games had already been postponed due to COVID-19. The announcement also came after nine teams had already shut down until at least Christmas. It’s giving Grinch.

  • Then yesterday, the league dropped a bombshell, announcing that NHLers will not attend the Beijing Winter Olympics — especially disheartening news given players recently negotiated to be permitted to play at the Games.
  • The NHL’s announcement also begs the question: will the Olympics be canceled entirely? Organizers say no…but we’ve heard that one from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) before.

Elsewhere: In the NFL, despite changing COVID-19 protocols to stop testing asymptomatic vaccinated players weekly, a single-day record of 47 players tested positive on Monday. Yikes.

  • And in the NBA, all eyes are on Saturday’s Christmas Day slate, as the league prepares contingency plans should COVID-19 disrupt the show. Santa, we could really use some holiday magic right about now.