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A Marvel Stadium security member has tested positive to COVID-19, reports Seven News’ Tom Browne.

The security guard reportedly worked Monday and was tested on Tuesday, returning a positive reading on Thursday.

Tonight’s clash between Carlton and St Kilda will not be affected.

The AFL released the following statement on the matter.

“The AFL has been informed that a Marvel Stadium security contractor who last worked on Monday, June 29, has tested positive today for COVID-19,” the statement reads.

“The security contractor, who worked a shift patrolling a stadium service entry, has not worked since his shift on Monday and had no contact at any time with any sealed football-related areas.

“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.

“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.

“A second intensive pre-match clean was then carried out this afternoon before the arrivals of the players and officials as a further precaution, meaning the stadium has been cleaned five times since the security contractor last worked at Marvel Stadium.

“The Department of Health and Human Services wrote to the AFL this afternoon saying they were satisfied that the stadium had undertaken all risk management protocols and deep cleaned the stadium in accordance with procedure and gave the go-ahead to the game proceeding at Marvel Stadium tonight with no significantly increased risk. 

“The AFL also took steps to ensure that no one who worked the same shift on Monday with the confirmed case would be working at the Stadium this weekend”