4 Sep 2020

Covid-19 Testing Update: September 4

Results from this week’s testing for Covid-19 across the 11 Betfred Super League clubs, match officials and other relevant staff have been received.

Of the 598 tests taken, there have been 595 negative results, and three positives.

Two of the positive tests were from Wakefield Trinity players, as announced earlier this week, leading to the postponement of their fixture against Leeds Rhinos which had been scheduled for September 3.

The third was from a Warrington Wolves player, following their second set of tests this week, conducted on Thursday morning.

The player is not showing symptoms, but will be required to self-isolate.

Six of Warrington’s players had already been required to self-isolate for 14 days after Test and Trace analysis of their fixture against Wakefield Trinity last Sunday. Those six players have each returned two negative tests this week.

Despite the non-availability of seven players, the Wolves will still go ahead with their scheduled fixture against Hull FC on Friday night, September 4.

In addition one St Helens player, who was not involved in their game against Hull KR last weekend, received a positive result from an NHS test on Thursday, after showing Covid-19 symptoms on Wednesday.

He will now self-isolate for 10 days before beginning a return to play programme, depending on his condition.

Test and Trace analysis has led to two more members of the St Helens playing group who were not involved in last weekend’s game being required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Saints will still go ahead with their scheduled fixture against Huddersfield Giants on Friday night, September 4.

Wakefield Trinity and Catalans Dragons are due to have further tests on Friday, with results due over the weekend.

Testing information

Screen4 were selected as the preferred testing partner for Betfred Super League clubs. Players and officials from each club, along with match officials and other key matchday staff, will undergo weekly antigen testing.

Super League and the RFL will provide a central weekly update on COVID-19 tests carried out and the breakdown of results.

For the purpose of medical privacy, no details of specific clubs or individuals will be provided as part of this update, unless circumstances allow.

Additional guidance

• Clubs cover the costs of their testing.

• Every player or member of staff who attends the training ground, prior to entering the site, must complete a screening protocol to detect any symptoms in a manner devised by the Club Doctor.

• Players and staff will also be required to complete a daily medical questionnaire submitted before arrival at the training ground on training days. If this is not submitted before arrival, access to the training ground will be denied.

 

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