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Zach Aston-Reese tests positive for COVID-19

The news was announced Monday morning.

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As the Penguins prepare to take the ice for their first preseason game on Monday night, they will be without the services of one player due to a positive test result for COVID-19.

It was announced Monday morning that Zach Aston-Reese had tested positive for the virus.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan announced the news, adding that Aston-Reese would enter the league’s protocols for when he can be back with the team, and will not be back in the lineup for the team until he clears those protocols.

This is the first in-season positive case for a Penguins player since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aston-Reese is reportedly vaccinated against COVID-19, making this a breakthrough case.

According to reports, there is one player on the team who is not fully vaccinated, but will be soon.

The Penguins and Blue Jackets will take the ice tonight at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 p.m.