Bulldogs quarantined amid Covid chaos

Just days after his comeback game, Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley has been forced into 14 days of home quarantine after visiting a tier 1 coronavirus exposure site last week.

Dunkley, who played for the Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium on Saturday, on July 14 visited his local cafe, which was later declared an exposure site.

He was contacted on Sunday by the Department of Health, and his mandatory quarantine period begins from the day he attended the site.

Since July 14, Dunkley has received two separate negative coronavirus test results.

The entire Bulldogs travelling party also received a negative result during their trip to the Gold Coast as part of the AFL’s testing regimen.

Dunkley is complying with quarantine requirements and will be unavailable for this weekend’s round 19 match, while the rest of the Bulldogs squad will continue their preparations as normal.

Josh Dunkley has been directed by the Victorian Department of Health to undergo 14 days of home quarantine, after visiting a Tier 1 coronavirus exposure site last week.https://t.co/3ti9ipqNn3

It comes after 15 players and staff members from the Sydney Swans and GWS were forced into isolation after attending last week’s Wallabies Test match against France in Melbourne.

They were in an area of Melbourne’s AAMI Park that has since been reclassified as a tier 2 exposure site by the Victorian government – meaning test and isolate until recording a negative result.

Three Swans and two Giants players had to be called up just hours before the match on Sunday night when a Covid reclassification forced five players from the two teams into isolation.

Sydney’s Callum Mills, Harry Cunningham and Colin O’Riordan as well as Giants players Toby Greene and Matt de Boer had to pull out of the game.

They could face longer on the sidelines, with Queensland government directives saying the players and officials must quarantine for 14 days.

“Each of these players and staff members, currently located in Queensland and under Queensland Department of Health requirements, must isolate until notified by the department,” the AFL said in a statement.

GWS coach Leon Cameron said he’d “heard whispers” the AFL could pause the competition to get on top of the quarantine and bubble situation.

“I’ve heard some whispers about that. Whatever the AFL put in front of us, it’s in the best interest of everyone,” he said.

The sharp spike in Covid cases and exposure sites in Victoria has posed a serious challenge for league chiefs who are determined to get through the season but will likely need to switch up some of the match-ups in the run home.

Clubs have been told they will play the same five teams they were originally scheduled to play, but the order of those games could change.

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