Two tests out of 2,618 administered to more than 800 NHL players over the first five days of Phase 3 returned positive for COVID-19, the league announced Monday.
Both players who tested positive have entered self-isolation and are following the instructions of the CDC and Health Canada.
The figures from July 13-17 mark an improvement over last week's numbers. The league announced on July 13 that 43 out of 4,932 tests had returned positive during the second phase of its return-to-play plan beginning June 8.
The NHL added at the time that more than 600 players had been tested, and that it was aware of 13 players who tested positive while not reporting for informal on-ice workouts.