A-League's Newcastle Jets have had a COVID-19 outbreak, with the number of cases reported to have increased since the club confirmed its first infection on Wednesday.
The club confirmed a case of COVID-19 amongst its A-League Men's squad on Tuesday. Update: They have since confirmed two more cases from both men's and women's squads on Wednesday.
Newcastle Jets COVID-19 situation
- Club confirmed first case of COVID-19 in men's squad on Tuesday.
- Club now confirms one other men's player and one women's player also affected.
- Both teams have A-Leagues matches this coming weekend.
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According to Jets' statement yesterday, the infectious person was fully vaccinated and received a positive PCR test on Tuesday after becoming symptomatic the day before.
While the club also stated on Tuesday that all Jets players and staff had undergone PCR testing which had found no further positive tests or symptomatic persons including the women's team, they have since stated on Wednesday that two further players have tested positive.
According to the AAP, the initial player was Angus Thurgate with his housemate goalkeeper Noah James now testing positive while on the women's side Kirsty Fenton is reported to have tested positive. Jets confirm that the women's player acquired the virus in her non-football place of work.
The AAP also stated that all players at the club are fully vaccinated. Newcastle Jets have not confirmed this or the identity of the COVID-19 positive players. They have confirmed on Wednesday that all other men's and women's players and staff have tested negative.
This is the second incidence of an A-League player testing positive for COVID-19 after Sydney FC's Rhyan Grant last week. As per APL protocol, Grant has to miss two weeks of training and games.
The same situation is expected to occur at Jets for their affected players. The Sydney FC FFA Cup game after Grant's positive test did go ahead after the remainder of the squad and staff tested negative.
Jets Men's side is currently scheduled to meet Macarthur away on Sunday for an A-League Men's match while the women's side have an away match against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday. The club have announced on Wednesday that at present both fixtures are proceeding ahead as planned.
The outbreak comes after a fantastic weekend of football for Jets, one that saw both teams win for the first time this season in their respective A-League campaigns. The women's Jets beat Wellington Phoenix 5-1 followed by the men handing Phoenix a 4-0 defeat. It was Phoenix's worst A-League Men's loss in over two years.
The wins rose the women's side to fourth and the men's to sixth in their respective ladders. The club sits fourth in the A-Leagues club championship.
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