GLANWORTH GAA club has suspended all GAA activity after a player tested positive for Covid-19.
The news from the Avondhu division comes in the wake of a scare in West Cork, where Ballinascarthy, Argideen Rangers and St Oliver Plunkett's were out of action over the weekend after fears players in their clubs could have contracted the virus.
A statement issued on Sunday evening explained:
"Cork County Board has been informed by Glanworth GAA that a player has tested positive for Covid 19. The club has implemented the GAA guidelines on dealing with a positive case, which have been issued to all clubs. The Competitions Control Committee will meet in due course, following consultation with Croke Park, to consider the implications, if any, for county competitions. Further details will issue if necessary."
Bal tweeted on Sunday afternoon: "As per HSE Public Health guidance and GAA return to play protocol, Ballinascarthy GAA and Camogie clubs can resume collective training. We won't be making any comment on individual members medical history and remind everyone to respect the privacy of those involved. Thank you."
Three GAA clubs in West Cork have now confirmed they have temporarily suspended all activities at every level due to Covid-19.
Argideeen Rangers, in Timoleague, along with Ballinascarthy and St Oliver Plunketts, called a halt on games and training after contact within the club with a person who was later confirmed to have tested positive for Coronavirus.
Ballinascarthy GAA club outside Clonakilty revealed on Friday morning that they were also stopping GAA at all grades for the safety of the community.
"Please note that collective team training at all grades is temporarily suspended to comply with HSE public health advice and guidance from Croke Park on contact tracing protocols. This decision is taken to ensure the continued safety of all members of the Ballinascarthy community
"This decision will be reviewed again early next week. We continue to advise all members to adhere to HSE social distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquette guidance. Thank you."
St Oliver Plunketts said: "We do not take this decision lightly and do so as a preventative and precautionary measure."
Argideen yesterday explained in a statement on Facebook:
"Just to let our members know that as a precautionary measure we have decided to press pause on all group club activities until Saturday, July 11. We will update you again on Saturday.
"This is a precautionary measure and is because a number of club members have told us that they may have been in contact with a person subsequently confirmed to have Covid-19.
"We in Argideen Rangers GAA feel it sensible and prudent to temporarily suspend both underage and adult group activities. We understand that anyone identified by Public Health authorities as a close contact will be tested for Covid-19.
"We will keep you posted on the resumption of activities, and we remind you to respect the privacy of all involved."
Another club in the Carbery division are also believed to be impacted.
The situation highlights how fragile Ireland's re-opening post lockdown and the threat to the reboot of sport, with the Cork County Championships pencilled in for late July through to early October.
On Thursday, 23 people were newly confirmed with Covid-19, 15 related to travel. There is no disclaimer in the GAA's health questionnaire that all players and mentors must confirm before every training and match relating to overseas trips.
Last weekend, Kilkenny city GAA club James Stephens confirmed one of their players tested positive for coronavirus. The player made a full recovery, those identified via contact tracing all returned negative results and club activity resumed following a precautionary suspension of one week.
The GAA are awaiting guidance about what defines 'close' and 'casual' contacts in sport. For now, they have told their units that all team-mates and members of team management of a player who displays coronavirus symptoms in the 48-hour period after a training session or game “should be considered close contacts until advised otherwise by public health authorities”.
They also recommend that if positive symptoms reported by the player are within 48 hours of their last collective training session or game their team is instructed to defer all activity until test results are available.