Marvel Stadium security guard tests positive to COVID-19 before crucial St Kilda vs Carlton match – as Melbourne outbreak continues to grow
- A security guard who worked at Marvel Stadium has tested positive to COVID-19
- The contractor last worked on Monday and patrolled the entry of the venue
- Announcement came before St Kilda-Carlton match at the stadium on Thursday
- The AFL said the clash could go ahead as Marvel Stadium is COVID-safe
The AFL was dealt a COVID-19 scare ahead of the St Kilda-Carlton match after a Marvel Stadium security worker tested positive to the virus amid a second spike of infections in Victoria.
The league announced they were aware of the positive infection on Thursday, just hours before the two teams were scheduled to go head-to-head.
The security contractor worked a shift patrolling the entry of the venue in Docklands, Melbourne, on Monday and did not come into contact with any sealed football-related areas.
A security guard who worked at Marvel Stadium on Monday has tested positive to COVID-19. The St Kilda-Carlton match at the venue went ahead on Thursday
Jade Gresham of the Saints gets his body temperature tested ahead of the Round 5 AFL Match between the Carlton Blues and the St Kilda Saints at Marvel Stadium on Thursday
The AFL said the clash could go ahead as Marvel Stadium is COVID-safe.
‘As per normal protocols, Marvel Stadium is COVID-safe cleaned daily and was cleaned on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights using DHHS-approved disinfecting chemicals and methods,’ a statement read.
The stadium was cleaned twice on Thursday and a total of five times since the contractor last worked.
‘Again as per the normal match-day protocols introduced by the AFL to protect players, staff and the wider community, the stadium this morning received a full intensive COVID-safe sanitisation clean ahead of tonight’s scheduled match between Carlton and St Kilda, which is in line with DHHS requirements,’ the statement continued.
‘A second intensive pre-match clean was then carried out this afternoon before the arrivals of the players and officials as a further precaution.
‘The stadium has been cleaned five times since the security contractor last worked at Marvel Stadium.’
Pictured: A security guard (not the contractor who tested positive to coronavirus) is seen at the Carlton Blues and St Kilda Saints match on Thursday