Maryborough’s AFL products likely to get back on the field after virus scare

The AFL suffered a major blow last week when one of its players tested positive for COVID-19 for the first time, however round four this weekend is still going ahead relatively unchanged. Clunes product Nick Hind is one of two former locals currently pulling on the boots within the national league.

Despite one of its players testing positive to coronavirus, the AFL will soldier on with round four this week.

It was announced on Saturday that Sunday’s clash between Essendon and Melbourne would not go ahead as planned due to one Bomber, Conor McKenna, returning a low-grade irregularity and then a positive result in a mandatory COVID-19 test.

All players and staff are tested multiple times per week, with the AFL so far conducting more than 13,000 tests with this the only positive result.

McKenna returned a negative test on Tuesday, however it is being treated as a positive test by the Department of Heath and Human Services with Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton telling media this week that it is possible to test positive one day and negative a few days later if people are at the tail-end of their infection.

“There are lots of people who test positive one day, they’re at the very tail-end of their infection and then they test negative the following day. If you get two negative tests 24 hours apart, you as a case are clear,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 38 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, June 23

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