Essendon have confirmed chief executive Xavier Campbell has tested positive to COVID-19.
Despite contracting the virus, the Bombers boss has not been present at the club's training facilities in Tullamarine since last Wednesday and has had no direct contact with staff, with Campbell also fully vaccinated.
In a statement released by the Bombers on Tuesday, Campbell stated he is feeling well despite developing symptoms this week and is currently in isolation under the state government's directions.
“I experienced very mild symptoms on Monday afternoon and out of caution, got tested which has since returned a positive result. My family and I are now isolating as we await all results,” Campbell said.
“We’ve seen similar examples with other clubs in recent days, and it is a reminder of the importance of being vaccinated and getting tested as soon as symptoms present themselves.
“These measures in our community are in place for a reason as life returns to some form of normal for us all, and it is our shared responsibility to follow the advice in place from health and medical officials.
“Per Government advice, I have immediately contacted any individuals who I have been in direct contact with over the past 48 hours, advising them to be tested.
“Importantly, our football program has not been impacted and can continue training as normal. I will continue to work from home throughout my quarantine period.”