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EFL statement: COVID-19 test results

30 May 2020

CHAMPIONSHIP

Following the latest round of COVID-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 1058 players and Club staff from the 24 Championship Clubs were tested over the course of Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, with 10 individuals testing positive from eight Clubs.

Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.

LEAGUE ONE

There is currently no testing programme underway in League One.

LEAGUE TWO

Following an initial round of COVID-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 135 players and Club staff were tested from four League Two Clubs over the course of Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, with seven individuals testing positive from three Clubs.

Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.

 

TESTING ANNOUNCEMENTS

The EFL will continue to make regular and relevant announcements as appropriate in respect of the testing programme to support competition integrity and transparency.

No specific details as to Clubs or individuals will be provided by the League.

 

Additional information:

  • The EFL arrangement with Nationwide Pathology is available to all Clubs and is being used already by Clubs in the Championship and a small number of Clubs in League Two.
  • Any Club can begin the process of adopting the Return to Play protocols and associated testing regime at any time.

 

Additional Guidance:

  • Accuracy of testing provided is not 100% accurate but is in line with Government guidelines and NHS standards.
  • These are private tests and will not have any impact on NHS testing resources or prevent other individuals from testing
  • There is no cost to the UK taxpayer for testing of EFL players and staff. Clubs will cover the costs of testing.
  • Every player or member of staff who attends the training ground, prior to entering the site, must complete a screening protocol to detect any symptoms in a manner devised by the Club Doctor.
  • Players and staff are also required to complete a daily medical questionnaire submitted before arrival at the training ground on training days. If this is not submitted before arrival, access to the training ground will be denied.

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