AFL stadium worker tests positive to COVID-19

Thursday night’s AFL clash between Carlton and St Kilda has been dealt a major scare, after a Marvel Stadium security contractor tested positive for COVID-19.

The AFL was informed of the security contractor’s positive test on Thursday, with the contractor not having worked since his shift on Monday.

Carlton and St Kilda’s clash will remain at Marvel Stadium, with the venue having undergone a number of intensive pre-match cleans.

“As per normal protocols, Marvel Stadium is Covid-safe cleaned daily and was cleaned on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights using DHHS-approved disinfecting chemicals and methods,” an AFL statement read.

Carlton’s Round 5 clash against St Kilda will continue as scheduled at Marvel Stadium despite the scare (Morgan Hancock)

“Again as per the normal match-day protocols introduced by the AFL to protect players, staff and the wider community, the stadium this morning received a full intensive Covid-safe sanitisation clean ahead of tonight’s scheduled match between Carlton and St Kilda, which is in line with DHHS requirements. 

“A second intensive pre-match clean was then carried out this afternoon before the arrivals of the players and officials as a further precaution, meaning the stadium has been cleaned five times since the security contractor last worked at Marvel Stadium. 

“The Department of Health and Human Services wrote to the AFL this afternoon saying they were satisfied that the stadium had undertaken all risk management protocols and deep cleaned the stadium in accordance with procedure and gave the go-ahead to the game proceeding at Marvel Stadium tonight with no significantly increased risk.

“The AFL also took steps to ensure that no one who worked the same shift on Monday with the confirmed case would be working at the Stadium this weekend.”

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