ST JOSEPH'S GAC Glenavy have moved quickly to dismiss rumours that a playing member has tested positive for Covid-19.

Yesterday, reports began to emerge of an outbreak of Covid-19 in Crumlin with whispers then circulating that one positive case was linked to the St Joseph's club, but the club confirmed there is no truth to the rumour in a statement on social media.

There have been outbreaks in a number of GAA clubs throughout Ireland in recent weeks since play resumed, forcing gates to be closed and games cancelled, but such a situation is not required for the Glenavy club.

They reiterated their commitment to following the guidelines set out by the GAA and for all members to download the new track and trace app that will help in the fight against the virus, stressing they will continue to go above and beyond in their quest to make all club activities safe for members and visiting teams.

"Due to rumours circulating within the Glenavy and Crumlin communities today and on social media, we would like to clarify that no members of Glenavy GAC has or has in the past tested positive for Covid-19," it read.

"We are aware of a recent diagnosis of Covid-19 within the village and acknowledge that this individual has friendships within our club. We have asked anyone who has been in contact with the individual to be tested, even though their last contacts were five days ago. 

"This goes beyond the direct advice that we have received. We have always stringently followed the health guidelines led out for us by the Public Health Agency and followed all Antrim GAA protocols and we will continue to do so. 

"We hope that the current cases in our community remain isolated and we would encourage all our members and friends to remain aware of the very real danger that this virus still poses to us all. 

"To help facilitate the continued battle against Covid-19, we would encourage all our members and friends to download the track and trace app."