Member of Bermuda football delegation tests positive during quarantine
A member of the Bermuda football delegation that travelled to Florida for the Concacaf Gold Cup has tested positive for Covid-19.
The Bermuda Football Association has confirmed that one of 11 members of the delegation that were required to quarantine at a government-approved hotel because they were not fully immunised had tested positive since returning to the island last Friday.
The BFA made the announcement via a statement on its website on Tuesday.
“The Bermuda senior men’s national team returned to Bermuda on Friday, July 9 after being eliminated from the Concacaf Gold Cup preliminary round,” the statement read.
“The senior national team was subjected to strict health and safety protocols while overseas with everyone testing negative.
“Upon arrival back to Bermuda, 11 members of the delegation were required to quarantine at a Bermuda Government-approved hotel for 14 days due to not being fully immunised.
“One member has since been fully immunised and was released early.
“The BFA can confirm that one member of the delegation who is currently in the government quarantine hotel has tested positive.
“Close contacts of the positive case have been advised to quarantine for 14 days and will be released after their negative Day 14 test.
“The other immunised members of the delegation have all been advised to exercise extreme caution until their Day 14 negative test.”
This marks the second time this year that the national team have been directly impacted by Covid-19.
Team members that took part in a training camp in Bradenton, Florida, tested positive on or before their return to the island on March 8.
Coach Kyle Lightbourne then tested positive and was subsequently prohibited from travelling with the squad for their opening World Cup qualifier against Canada in Orlando on March 25.
A dramatic spike in Covid-19 cases resulted in the 2020-21 domestic football season initially being suspended last December and ultimately scrapped.
The BFA was also unable to complete the full 2019-20 campaign because of the pandemic.
There have been 2,525 positive cases and 33 deaths since the first outbreak of Covid-19 was recorded on the island in March 2020.
Meanwhile, Bermuda bowed out of the Gold Cup at the qualifying stage after suffering a 4-1 defeat by Haiti in a preliminary second-round contest at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on July 6.
Lightbourne’s team went into the match with plenty of momentum, having thrashed Barbados 8-1 in their preliminary first-round match at the same venue four days earlier.
Nahki Wells led the charge in his first match since being reappointed as captain with a hat-trick.
The Bristol City striker made the breakthrough with the fastest goal in tournament history at 17 seconds.