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Laois GAA club announce that a senior football team member has tested positive for Covid-19

A Laois GAA club has announced that a member of their senior football team has tested positive for Coronavirus.

Graiguecullen GAA has released a statement tonight confirming the news but say they are not suspending activities.

They say: “Unfortunately a member of our senior football team has tested positive for Covid-19.

“The player himself thankfully is well and he and his family are isolating in accordance with protocols for the past number of days.

“The HSE and Laois GAA have been notified and contact tracing is taking place. Our club has not suspended its activities as the player in question is isolating in accordance with guidelines.

“The HSE are conducting contact tracing as per protocol.

“Unless individuals are specifically notified otherwise by the HSE, contact in the context of GAA activity is considered to be casual contact and all training and games may continue.

“We urge people to refrain from aiding the circulation of misinformation in relation to Covid-19.

“This can wrongly impact on people’s judgements and actions and can add to the stress felt for anyone dealing with Covid-19.

“There is no shame in testing positive for Covid-19. There is no shame in being a close contact of someone with Covid-19.

“The only shame is if we do not act to stop the spread to others. In these unprecedented and worrying times, we, like every other club in the country, have following all guidance and compliance over the past number of months.”

Graiguecullen played Arles-Killeen in the Laois senior football championship last night but it is understood that the person who tested positive was not present at the game.

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