Could McKenna’s COVID-19 test be a false positive?

Conor McKenna of the Bombers.

McKenna’s situation grew even murkier on Monday with his samples to be examined for opportunity proof of a wrong constructive given particularly reduced ranges of COVID-19.

McKenna continues to be asymptomatic 3 times just after the finding.

It is recognized McKenna’s nasal swab samples and potentially his blood will be analysed as wellness authorities try to comprehend the character of his coronavirus.

It arrives as healthcare specialists question whether the AFL’s testing approach opens the league up to misleading outcomes.

The AFL has performed extra than thirteen,000 assessments but if the coronavirus exam is ninety nine.nine for every cent precise then thirteen wrong positives would be expected so considerably.

Two consecutive positives would virtually definitely debunk that principle, but it highlights the double-edged sword of conducting mass testing on asymptomatic people today.

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The Bombers will not concede McKenna breached AFL protocols for his actions final week.

The grey space all over gamers relocating property has given the defender wriggle room to argue that inspecting rental properties was not a crystal clear violation of the league’s rules.

McKenna also expended time with his host household despite the fact that final Monday the AFL eased their strict rules to enable gamers to check out the houses of “immediate household members”.

When McKenna’s host household are not blood relations they are viewed as an crucial portion of the homesick Irishman’s Melbourne life.

McKenna’s brother and brother’s associate, who are living with him, have tested unfavorable.

Essendon chief govt Xavier Campbell admitted the seven unfavorable assessments considering that McKenna had returned from Ireland manufactured it not likely he had brought the disease with him.

But he conceded it was attainable it had lain dormant for lots of months until rising.

“It is a fantastic stage and I am reluctant to speculate on something with the healthcare component of this total difficulty extra broadly. But I consider 1 issue I would say is that it is a quite new virus.


“The way countries are working with it in nuanced ways speaks to the rising character of the virus. We have witnessed illustrations of wrong positives and we have witnessed other illustrations where by foreseeable future testing has garnered higher data and insight into the virus. He has been to Ireland but he did exam unfavorable twice in quarantine and he has been tested five periods considering that then.

“There is an enormous sum of knowledge and in lots of respects Conor’s situation and the rigour that goes into testing may possibly well present a actually one of a kind situation for specialists to glimpse at. It will be appealing where by it evolves from in this article.”

Overall health authorities could power Essendon workers users and coaches into quarantine, as well as gamers, if they are founded as McKenna’s “close contacts”.

Backline coach James Kelly was in cost of McKenna’s teaching group.

If an official such as Kelly is instructed to isolate for fourteen times the Bombers will enable them to keep doing the job remotely, engaging with gamers over Zoom.

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BOMBERS Confident ONLY Tiny Team Confront QUARANTINE

Essendon is increasingly confident only a little group of gamers will be quarantined for Saturday’s contest towards Carlton as they are tested for COVID-19 on Monday afternoon.

The Bombers are awaiting a probably Tuesday determination from Victorian wellness authorities about whether gamers will sign up for Conor McKenna in quarantine.

McKenna was joined by seven backline group users in a limited assembly on Saturday morning and in a weights session on Friday just after comprehensive get hold of teaching.

Essendon has handed its video footage of teaching to the Section of Overall health and Human Expert services as well as a log of all conferences and periods in the seventy two hours prior to McKenna’s constructive exam.

But the Herald Sun understands in that submission it manufactured crystal clear the group of defenders practiced strict social distancing in conferences as well as the weights session.

Underneath COVID protocols Essendon’s defenders were spaced out in that weights session in a 700 square metre facility, did not location for just about every other and wiped down equipment just after use.

Essendon has said to DHHS authorities that social distancing was carried out rigorously by its defensive group, like in the Saturday morning assembly when he was most contagious.

It signifies there continues to be a prospect that gamers like Cale Hooker, Adam Saad, Michael Hurley and Mason Redman could be obtainable.

The club has extra concerns with the comprehensive deal teaching session on Friday and whether the DHHS will rule gamers were in near get hold of with McKenna.

He manufactured get hold of with gamers equally in tackling and in passing a ball to them, but it continues to be to be witnessed how the DHHS tallies up the time they expended together and how it classifies that “close contact”.

Players like Zach Merrett and Jake Stringer were in near proximity to McKenna but it is unachievable to say which gamers would be judged to be in near get hold of.

The outcomes from Monday afternoon’s COVID-19 assessments will be returned on Tuesday and give DHHS officers extra data about whether to quarantine gamers.

But the hope is that even if gamers are pressured to quarantine it will not have an affect on an overall line group like the backline.


Essendon chief govt Xavier Campbell claims the club may well check with the AFL to postpone Saturday’s sport towards Carlton if the overall backline was ravaged.

The Herald Sun exposed on Sunday the overall backline was involved in periods with COVID-constructive teammate Conor McKenna on Friday.

And though the AFL has stated if Essendon has 26 obtainable gamers the match could be played, Campbell recommended the Dons would lobby for an substitute option if lots of gamers were quarantined.

“We would hope common feeling when the league is effective by way of this,” he stated.

“They have carried out a incredible position and made overall flexibility in the period where by we could extend it out and where by we could have breaks, we may possibly have to have breaks centered on present condition border closures anyway so I would like to consider we would sit down with the AFL and other people and we could operate by way of it so there would be a sensible final result.

“It is even now too early to inform, it may possibly be there is a minimal sum of near get hold of and it is a constrained effect in the limited time period that signifies the period progresses.

“I would really like for that to transpire since this sport is quite crucial in the context of where by we are correct now. But you would like to consider we sit down and glimpse at it with an factor of common feeling and fairness.”

HOW WILL THIS Influence Potential Training?

Golf equipment will even now be able to split their teaching groups into backs, midfielders and forwards regardless of the league putting in area extra limitations all over teaching on Monday.

Golf equipment will be instructed there are limits to the sum of comprehensive get hold of teaching periods they can hold in the wake of Essendon’s constructive COVID exam for Conor McKenna.

The AFL is even now putting in area precise laws all over tackling in teaching periods with comprehensive lists.

But golf equipment have been instructed for the foreseeable foreseeable future tackling will be constrained only to smaller sized group teaching periods.

That protocol will safeguard golf equipment if a player assessments constructive and even now enable them to perform football the subsequent weekend.

The AFL has manufactured crystal clear Essendon’s sport towards Carlton will go ahead if there are 26 healthy gamers since it did not mitigate hazard by splitting up its backline into various groups of 9.

Nonetheless, the league thinks it is up to golf equipment to decide how to split up gamers and is not expected to ban golf equipment from keeping little periods with their overall backline or forward group.


Earlier on Monday, the AFL ticked off Essendon’s managing of McKenna’s constructive COVID-19 exam regardless of him attending a assembly with the club’s defenders though waiting for a “pending” exam on Saturday morning.

Essendon has handed its video footage of teaching to the Section of Overall health and Human Expert services as well as a log of all conferences and periods in the seventy two hours prior to McKenna’s constructive exam on Saturday afternoon.

It will now await judgement on how lots of gamers will be quarantined, with the club’s eight finest defenders all having been in get hold of with him at the very least four periods in the 24 hours prior to he tested constructive.

Essendon coaches and officers could also be pressured to quarantine along with gamers.

The point McKenna was extra contagious on Saturday than in past times signifies his interaction with gamers on Saturday will be even extra carefully scrutinised.

When McKenna was the only player or official not to get a unfavorable outcome from Friday’s COVID assessments the club called him on his way into the club and questioned if he had been tested.

He stated he had been and though the club contacted Dorovich pathology he was involved in a limited assembly outdoors with Essendon’s defenders.

AFL legal counsel Andrew Dillon stated he had no difficulty with Essendon’s managing of the situation regardless of him entering the club on Saturday with out a unfavorable exam.

“I consider what occurred was when he turned up for teaching, they were accomplishing stuff on Saturday morning and as they were examining gamers off it was noted they hadn’t had the reaction back,” Dillon instructed Triple M radio on Monday.

“So though they were waiting for assessments to appear back – and often it may well just be an oversight that the exam has not appear by way of with the other kinds – when they adopted that up they acquired opinions it was an irregularity and from that time he was then tested and it was from there the constructive exam arrived back.”

Dillon stated the club had submitted its log of records and DHHS would make a determination just after examining footage and choosing who had been in “close contact”.

“Essendon have worked carefully with the DHHS and what that operate has carried out is to glimpse at anything that has occurred in the seventy two hours prior to that and they have retained meticulous records of what gamers have carried out when they are there, who they have interacted with so that has been forwarded by way of to the office late final night,” he stated.

“They will identify who are the gamers and workers users who would be outlined as a near get hold of and people gamers and workers would potentially have to go into a sort of isolation. It is near get hold of for extra than 15 minutes (deal with to deal with) or sharing a shut area for extra than two hours.”


The undefeated Bombers will this week probably pull together a makeshift backline for the clash towards Carlton if, as expected, many stars who arrived in near get hold of with McKenna are expected to isolate from the club for fourteen times.

It threatens to deplete the Bombers’ aspect the week just after they shed Dyson Heppell to a months-long ankle harm, despite the fact that senior defender Patrick Ambrose could fill a crucial void just after recovering from a knee harm.

Campbell was adamant the situation would not bring the Bombers to their knees in 2020.

“You are not at ease dropping any (gamers). It’s going to be difficult,” Campbell stated.

“If, in the worst-situation state of affairs, there was considerable chunk of gamers were considered to be near get hold of and we weren’t able to area a staff, there is enough overall flexibility in the fixturing and the way the period is going to be sent to enable us to are living by way of that. 

“But that we do know is it is not going to derail our period. 

“That’s where by we are determined to be certain confident that isn’t taking place. It is not excellent, we know that, but the preparation and lead-in to this period has not been excellent.  

“It’s been something but fair in the way it has been structured, there is hubs and not hubs for other groups.”


The Bombers have rallied all over McKenna as he faces opportunity sanctions for breaking the AFL’s return to perform limitations by attending an open up property inspection.

“Conor’s (outcome) stated ‘pending’. It did not say it was unfavorable, it did not say it was constructive,” Campbell stated on Triple M.

“He was en route to the footy cub (on Saturday morning) at the time, and he encouraged that he had (been through the exam the day prior to).

“The club health practitioner then manufactured get hold of with Dorevitch (Pathology), who encouraged that they would will need to explore that (outcome) and appear back to the club.

“In the meantime Conor arrived at the footy club and he was instructed he would not be able to train with the group until such time we acquired affirmation of a unfavorable exam.

“He would have to definitely apply strict social distancing, he was temperature tested for signs and symptoms and all that form of issue, as for every the protocol.

“And about 15 minutes later the outcome arrived back there was a reduced-level irregularity, so it even now was not conclusive.

“Then he acquired sent straight away to Dorevitch for additional testing, acquired questioned to isolate and it was not until early afternoon (on Saturday) that we were encouraged the exam was in point constructive.”


Essendon is established to switch to a Stephen Silvagni-like defender new from serving his own COVID-19-associated suspension to assistance quit Carlton – if Saturday night’s match goes ahead.

Brandon Zerk-Thatcher was banned from Spherical two just after self-reporting a minimal protocol breach but is in line for the assignment on Blues spearhead Harry McKay at the MCG.

“Geez he moves a lot like SOS (Silvagni),” Bombers checklist supervisor Adrian Dodoro stated not too long ago.

“His mannerisms with the reach, the spoil, the body shape – long torso – and the braveness.”

The 195cm West Australian was a standout in pre-period and was on the edge of assortment prior to Conor McKenna’s constructive COVID-19 exam sparked fears Essendon’s overall backline could be quarantined.

The Herald Sun understands Zerk-Thatcher was not in McKenna’s teaching group, which integrated Adam Saad, Cale Hooker, Michael Hurley, Mason Redman, Marty Gleeson, Matt Guelfi and Jordan Ridley.

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Ought to Zerk-Thatcher, 21, be cleared to perform by wellness authorities he would be the initially in line to bolster the back 50 percent.

The Bombers delisted defender Michael Hartley final 12 months partly to assistance present possibilities for Zerk-Thatcher to blossom in 2020.

The No.66 draft decide on from 2017 ranked No.1 in the VFL for intercept belongings from 2018-19 and No.4 for intercept marks final 12 months as he tidied up his kicking.

Zerk-Thatcher’s two AFL video games so considerably have equally appear towards Fremantle.

The Bombers could also recast midfielder Andrew McGrath into a defensive part on Eddie Betts.

McGrath received the 2017 Mounting Star enjoying in the backline and retained Betts (six disposals) goalless in Spherical 21 that period.