A second Raiders staff member has tested positive to COVID-19, while coach Ricky Stuart has halted preseason training until January 5 as the club grapples this week's virus outbreak. No players have yet returned a positive test result, but the majority of the squad and coaching staff are in isolation until at least Monday. Those who came in contact with the second positive case will be required to lock down until at least Wednesday, pending a second negative test result. The initial COVID positive at the club, a member of the football department who is believed to have contracted the virus while in Newcastle, tested positive on Wednesday. He was last in at the club on Monday, in close contact with multiple players and staff who urgently presented for testing on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.