A second adult player has tested positive for Coronavirus in the Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe hurling club.
The player was involved in a junior hurling game with the club on Saturday last against The Harps, and after being deemed a close contact of the player who subsequently tested positive on Monday, he was required to be tested also.
His positive test result came back today. It is understood that the two players had travelled together to the game in the same car.
A number of other players have also been tested with one negative case returned and more results expected back in the coming days.
Both Timahoe and Park-Ratheniska football clubs – as well as their ladies football clubs – have suspended activities for the moment with their football championship games this week postponed.
Timahoe were due to play Junior ‘B’ football this evening against The Rock and Intermediate against Crettyard tomorrow evening while Park-Ratheniska were fixed to play Junior ‘A’ against Castletown on Friday.
The Castletown v Park-Ratheniska and Timahoe v Crettyard games are rescheduled for next Monday with the Timahoe v The Rock provisionally put in for Tuesday, though that is complicated by the fact that Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe are fixed to play Junior ‘B’ hurling again on Tuesday.
A close contact is described as someone who had at least 15 minutes face-to-face time with confirmed case. Many players in a GAA setting are deemed casual contacts.
Confirmed cases are required to self isolate – to stay at home; keep away from others in their home as much as possible; contact their doctor if their symptoms worsen and follow all the hygeine guidelines in relation to sneezing, hand washing and sanitizing.
They are not to go outside unless they have their own space to get fresh air, they are not to go to work, religious services or public areas, are not to use public transport and not to invite visitors to their home. .
Confirmed cases can only stop self-isolation when they have had no fever for five days and it has been 14 days since they developed symptoms.
If you live with someone who has the virus, or is a close contact of a confirmed case, you are also expected to restrict your movements for 14 days, even if you feel well.