VIENNA, Austria — Jamaica’s full complement of 20 gamers and employees have been greeted to snow flurries and 41 levels Fahrenheit temperatures upon arrival at their resort in Austria yesterday and, based on Staff Supervisor Roy Simpson, everyone has settled in properly, regardless of query marks of two optimistic COVID-19 check outcomes.
The Reggae Boyz arrived in two batches with 9 gamers and employees travelling from Jamaica and 11 gamers from the UK.
“All of us arrived safely, which is at all times good, and everyone met the circumstances to get landed, which can also be an excellent factor… primarily based on the rigidity of the necessities because of the pandemic and what’s taking place now regarding journey. However I feel we did effectively when it comes to protecting these necessities,” Simpson advised the Jamaica Observer final night.
Yesterday night all members of the delegation have been subjected to polymerase chain response (PCR) exams, with the outcomes anticipated by noon at this time.
However two people learnt of optimistic COVID-19 check outcomes when the group travelling from Jamaica landed on the Frankfurt Airport in Germany and Simpson sought to clear the air on what occurred and the way it’s being managed.
“To the matter of the 2 optimistic circumstances inside the camp, it isn’t that they examined optimistic right here. What had occurred is that each individuals travelling out of Jamaica did PCR exams on Saturday, March 20, as a result of the requirement to get into Austria is for a destructive PCR check no later than 72 hours earlier than arrival within the European nation. Nonetheless, earlier than departing Jamaica the 2 have been unable to get the check outcomes from the authorities that they’d engaged… however one particular person went forward and did a personal PCR check on the identical day and acquired again a destructive end result on that second PCR check. The opposite particular person, on arriving at Norman Manley Worldwide Airport, did an antigen check [and attained a negative result] which landed him within the US.
“When each individuals met the delegation at JFK in New York, the one who did the antigen check in Jamaica needed to do one other check, as a result of that antigen check wouldn’t have landed him in Austria. After I consulted with the Austrian airline authorities they indicated to us that if the particular person does an antigen check inside 40 hours of touchdown in Austria that might have been okay. He did that check which was destructive, so we have been on our option to Austria and we landed in Frankfurt and that was when the PCR exams administered in Jamaica on March 20 got here again optimistic.”
Simpson additional famous that each gents have since been retested and that he hopes their outcomes shall be per the privately carried out PCR check by one of many people, and with the 2 antigen exams carried out by the opposite particular person.
The veteran supervisor was fast to level out that, regardless of one of the best efforts of the crew’s administration to maintain the delegation protected, there’s at all times the hazard of any individual returning a optimistic end result primarily based on the current spike within the nation.
“I wish to take this chance to share that working within the pandemic, although you set all measures in place, and although you don’t need any member of the delegation testing optimistic, it’s at all times a excessive chance that you’ll have a optimistic end result, and particularly the place we are actually in Jamaica with the spike because of the positivity charges.
“The information means that 4 in each 10 Jamaicans if examined shall be optimistic, however we guarantee everyone that every one measures have been taken to guard the opposite members of the delegation, not essentially due to the 2 optimistic circumstances, nevertheless it has at all times been how we function in these semi-bubbles.
“Arriving in Austria, the protocol is that we’d have checked into our rooms [one person to a room], do the PCR check, stay quarantined till we get the outcomes, then the group can combine. Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless from the backdrop of single rooms, N95 masks, social/bodily distancing, particularly within the meal room, how we’re transported, steady sanitisation, so we’re assured that we are going to have a profitable mission because it pertains to how we management the setting on this pandemic,” mentioned Simpson.
The supervisor additionally indicated that he has personally met with the gamers who’re becoming a member of the group for the primary time, and he indicated that they’re “excited” to be part of what the group is making an attempt to realize, whereas hoping that the negotiations between gamers and the federation come to an finish rapidly in order that one of the best accessible pool of gamers can settle all the way down to constructing chemistry and unity forward of the Concacaf Gold Cup and the World Cup Qualifiers.
As soon as the PCR outcomes are beneficial, Head Coach Theodore Whitmore will conduct his first coaching session at 6:00 pm this night (midday Jamaica time).
The sport in opposition to the USA is slated for Wiener Neustadt at 6:30 pm on Thursday behind closed doorways.
Full squad — Jeadine White, Kemar Foster, Adrian Mariappa, Michael Hector, Curtis Tilt, Amari Bell, Ethan Pinnock, Liam Moore, Wesley Harding, Renaldo Wellington, Chavany Willis, Ricardo Morris, Jabari Hylton, Andre Grey, Omar Holness, Kevaughn Isaacs, John Luca Levee, Shaven Paul, Jamal Lowe and Kasey Palmer.
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