On Monday of this week, one of our players tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, it is assessed that the transmission of the virus came as a result of being in unavoidable close contact with a colleague whilst carrying out his “day-job”. He is required to isolate for 10 days from the receipt of his positive test.
Whilst I can confirm that the Club have strictly adhered to all the relevant protocols in respect of social distancing and face coverings, we were pro-active in identifying that, as a consequence of the lengthy coach journey to and from Dingwall on Saturday, two further players were in relatively close proximity to the affected player for a prolonged period and as a consequence will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday. This is viewed as a preventative measure to safeguard the wellbeing of the Club and the wider community.
This outcome has been reached in full consultation with Scottish Government and the SFA with both parties complimenting the Club for their adherence to protocol and our prompt and decisive follow-up action.
We took the precaution of cancelling training on Tuesday evening pending confirmation of the above. Following approval from Scottish Government and the SFA, I can confirm that training will resume tomorrow evening as planned.
At this stage, we will not be identifying the names of the players affected in order to ensure they have the privacy and time to ensure their family and friends are fully informed; I can however confirm all three are feeling fit and well, and that the two “close-contacts” will continue to be monitored in relation to the development of symptoms.
On behalf of the Club Board, I extend my thanks to Scottish Government and the SFA for their prompt and efficient responses and on behalf of everyone at the Club, and every Stirling Albion supporter, I extend my best wishes to the players affected and I look forward to welcoming them back, fit and well, following the conclusion of their respective isolation periods.