Essendon's McKenna negative for COVID-19

Essendon defender Conor McKenna's latest COVID-19 test has come back negative.

The Essendon Football Club released a statement on Tuesday evening, confirming the news.

"Essendon Football Club can confirm Conor McKenna has returned a negative result to his COVID-19 swab test on Tuesday, June 23," it said.

"It has also been re-confirmed that the two swab tests taken on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 were both positive results.

"The club will work with relevant medical experts over the coming days to further understand these results."

It was also announced on Tuesday that only one other Bomber - forward James Stewart - would be forced to self-isolate for 14 days after he was deemed to be McKenna's only close contact by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Stewart was also re-tested on Monday afternoon and his test returned a negative result on Tuesday morning.

On Sunday, it was revealed that McKenna was positive for the virus after undergoing testing on Friday, news which sent the AFL world scrambling, but it appears that result was a false positive.

Essendon's Round 3 clash with Melbourne was postponed and is yet to be played, while the Bombers were earlier on Tuesday cleared to face Carlton in Round 4 on Saturday night.

McKenna's negative result on Tuesday evening was his fourth test for the virus, and despite the latest news being a negative result, it's likely McKenna will still be required to isolate until July 4.