As the coronavirus forces another change in Major League Baseball's schedule, the league's contact tracers have been deployed from the outset, according the Jake Seiner of The Associated Press. (July 31)
JAKE SEINER: So MLB-- as part of their plan to operate the 60-game season, they hatched an entire system for contact tracing. They appointed a few people on the commissioner's office to oversee the program. Those people have worked with teams to identify at least two existing team employees [? that have ?] been trained to do contact tracing.
A real flaw for this plan would be if a team employee came to a player and said, hey, we need you to divulge everything that you've been doing, even in your personal life, for the last 48 hours. If the player has reason to think that they violated some of the safety protocols, and they think the team might punish him for that, they might not be as forthcoming as is necessary to make these contact tracing investigations as thoroughly as they need to be to really be one of the pillars of keeping players safe through the 60-game season.
Major League Baseball's contact tracing program is limited strictly to team and league personnel. They might identify as part of that program that a player had an interaction with, say, a hotel staffer. They will not then reach out directly to that hotel staffer. That is not part of their program. Instead, what the league has told all teams is that they must interact and connect with local health departments, local health entities.
It's becoming a really complex problem. I don't think there's any indication yet that the league is considering shutting down the season based on this. They're insisting that the protocols they have in place should be able to allow them to continue this season, even with positive tests, even with this happening.