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Clean bill of health in JPL

Published:Monday | July 5, 2021 | 12:07 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer
Waterhouse’s Shaun Dewar holds off a challenge from Dunbeholden’s Rodave Murray during a Jamaica Premier League game at the UWI/JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence in St Andrew on Saturday.
Waterhouse’s Shaun Dewar holds off a challenge from Dunbeholden’s Rodave Murray during a Jamaica Premier League game at the UWI/JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence in St Andrew on Saturday.

General Secretary Arlene Martin says Professional Jamaica Football Limited (PFJL) has recorded all negative results for its first round of in-competition COVID-19 tests in the Jamaica Premier League. Martin says that the PFJL is impressed with the...

General Secretary Arlene Martin says Professional Jamaica Football Limited (PFJL) has recorded all negative results for its first round of in-competition COVID-19 tests in the Jamaica Premier League.

Martin says that the PFJL is impressed with the adherence and cooperation of all the stakeholders in respect of the coronavirus protocols.

“It was absolutely lovely,” she said. “All technical staff were tested as well as our team, meaning myself and people on site like the referees and match commissioners were teste, and they were all negative.”

The tests are carried out mainly at the clubs’ training venues after the matches by MDLink, their contracted medical partner.

But Martin says that thee are issues with the process, which she hopes will be rectified soon.

“That (testing) continues into this week,” she said. “We will pretty much test every week for now.

“Coordinating everything is not a simple process. We have to do testing at all the locations and venues, so we have people who go there and report the information.

“There are a few minor things to iron out, but we continue to work on them.”

Prior to the start of the season, questions were raised regarding the system of testing to be used and the threat of players contracting the virus through community spread because of indiscipline.

“This is a strong indication that people have been adhering to the protocols. So we would like it to continue that way,” Martin said.

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