Antrim have announced that further members of their hurling panel have tested positive for Covid-19 but say that they still intend to fulfil Sunday's Joe McDonagh Cup clash with Westmeath.
One of the members of the squad that beat Kerry in last weekend's Allianz Hurling League Division 2A final tested positive on Monday and following rapid testing of the entire squad four more players and one backroom staff member also tested positive. Another player is self-isolating.
A statement from Antrim GAA in relation to Sunday's game said: "While Covid and injuries will result in depleted squad numbers, we in Antrim have confidence in all panel members and we put our best foot forward on Sunday aiming for a victory on the pitch while also upholding the integrity of the competition in a sporting manner."
Earlier today, Waterford's footballers conceded their scheduled Allianz Football League Division 4 game against Antrim due to Covid concerns.
Meanwhile, Ocean FM is reporting that a Sligo hurler has also tested positive for Covid and that the entire squad will undergo rapid testing tomorrow.
Sligo beat Leitrim in the Division 3B final last weekend and are due to face Derry in the first round of the Christy Ring Cup on Sunday.
Antrim's statement in full: "Earlier this week one of our players tested positive for Covid 19 after feeling unwell on Monday .
"3 players who were in close contact with that player were immediately tested resulting in 2 further positive and 1 negative results.
"On Tuesday, Antrim GAA and Croke Park implemented the rapid testing system protocol for all the remaining personnel who attended Sunday's Final in Tullamore. Test results have now been returned with 2 more players and 1 back room staff testing positive, we wish these individuals a speedy recovery.
"In total 6 players (5 positive and 1 self-isolating ) and 1 member of the backroom team are affected
"In relation to first round of Joe Mc Donagh Cup scheduled for Sunday 25th October against Westmeath , while Covid and injuries will result in depleted squad numbers, we in Antrim have confidence in all panel members and we put our best foot forward on Sunday aiming for a victory on the pitch while also upholding the integrity of the competition in a sporting manner."