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Dundrum GAC suspends activities after member tests positive for Covid-19

Dundrum GAC said a member was diagnosed with Covid-19
Connla Young

A coronavirus case has been confirmed at another GAA club in Co Down.

Dundrum GAC said at the weekend that a member had tested positive, although it did not clarify if it was a member of a playing squad.

All club activities have now been suspended until next Monday at the earliest.

In a statement on the club's Facebook page, it said the member has taken “the appropriate actions as advised by the PHA (Public Health Agency).

Last week Longstone GAC, near Annalong in Co Down, revealed it had a case of the virus, while nearby Atticall has also been hit.

Dundrum said it was following public health guidance.

“As a club we have been liaising throughout the day with the PHA providing all their requested information and as a result the PHA may contact any club members if they deem it necessary to do so for contact tracing," it said.

“After a very proactive conversation with the Public Health Agency we have taken their advice to suspend all club activities until Monday, August 3, 2020, at the earliest.”

Meanwhile, St Moninna's GAC in Killeavy, Co Armagh has said that 125 members have tested negative for the virus.

It comes after five players tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

The club suspended all activities last Thursday after it emerged that a player had tested positive. It later announced four more positive tests.

In a statement on Facebook, chairman Michael O'Neill thanked coaches and players who have been tested in recent days.

“As of this moment, we have received news of 125 negative tests and no further positive results,” he wrote.

“These results give us tremendous confidence that we will be able to make a speedy return to training and matches.”

Eglish GAC in Co Tyrone also suspended activities last week following a positive case, while 10 clubs in Co Derry recently took similar precautions following a cluster of cases in the community.

It has reported at least 37 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 as a result of a karaoke party in the Limavady area earlier this month.

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