Stewart was deemed a detailed contact on account of McKenna’s description of their involvement in a wrestling drill on Friday. He will probably be quarantined for 2 weeks, backdated from final Friday.
Stewart’s supervisor Peter Jess stated he nonetheless didn’t know why DHHS had deemed Stewart to be the only real participant in shut contact with McKenna.
“I am unaware as to why the well being division has made a name that he was the person who was the final shut contact with Conor McKenna, I am undecided,” Jess stated.
Jess stated Stewart would do the fitting factor by the crew and comply with quarantine guidelines.
“He isn’t ready to place the crew in danger,” Jess stated.
Stewart could have one other check for coronavirus on Wednesday. Jess anticipated Stewart could be examined once more later within the week – in all probability on Saturday – once more on Wednesday subsequent week, and doubtlessly Friday week.
Essendon’s adherence to protocols and record-keeping has helped the membership obtain an distinctive final result within the circumstances of the McKenna optimistic check.
The AFL was knowledgeable by the division of the results of the investigation on Monday night time.
Campbell stated on Tuesday afternoon that whereas he did not understand how McKenna had contracted the virus, the matter of a breach was not simple.
“It’s one thing that’s out of our palms. That’s one thing the AFL will work by way of a course of now to find out, whether or not or not he has in actual fact breached any protocols. I don’t assume it’s as clear lower as folks want to assume,” Campbell stated.
Requested about whether or not the Bombers would proceed to group their gamers based on positions after they break up at coaching, Campbell stated the Dons would evaluation their protocols.
“I feel we are able to now transfer ahead. There’s in all probability going to be some learnings from it, and that’s one thing we’ll discover later this afternoon, in all probability as a membership,” he stated.
“There’s a technique to the way in which they’ve gone and decided the teams, however equally for all golf equipment there’s a threat profile you have to steadiness out with a efficiency factor as effectively. Now clearly for the competitors, now for us, that threat profile has elevated dramatically. And that can set off a evaluation of how we do issues.”
Stewart has not performed this season and isn’t in Essendon’s greatest 22. Until there may be some setback similar to one other optimistic check, the Bombers will be capable of decide from the identical crew that was chosen from the Melbourne sport, which was scheduled for final Sunday however postponed, excluding McKenna.
Regardless of the unfavourable check outcomes, somebody who comes into shut contact with an individual who has examined optimistic is required to quarantine for 14 days. This is because of an incubation interval, the place somebody can check unfavourable however nonetheless carry the virus.
The league has confirmed the fixture for spherical 4 will stay the identical and Essendon is not going to play Melbourne earlier than taking part in Carlton this week.
The Demons will play the Bombers at a later date that’s but to be decided.
With simply two gamers in quarantine on account of the DHHS investigation, there have been requires the Essendon v Melbourne conflict, which was postponed on Sunday, to be squeezed in earlier than Essendon performed Carlton and Melbourne performed Geelong.
Nevertheless with Melbourne deciding to conduct a full-scale intra-club hitout on the MCG on the weekend after being suggested there was no probability the sport could be rescheduled for later within the week, there was no probability of the AFL making the change.
It means Essendon will play Carlton as deliberate on Saturday night time and Melbourne’s solely focus is on taking part in a rebounding Geelong on the MCG on Sunday.
with Peter Ryan
Jake Niall is a Walkley award-winning sports activities journalist and chief AFL author for The Age.
Daniel is an Age sports activities reporter
Sam McClure is a sport reporter for The Age and winner of ‘greatest information reporter’ on the AFL Media Affiliation awards.