An executive director at Newcastle Falcons is currently receiving oxygen in hospital after falling ill with what RugbyPass understands is a presumed case of COVID-19.

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Mick Hogan was Manager Director of the club between 2014 and 2018, and continues to work at the club as an Executive Director.

Hogan fell ill in recent days and was admitted to Cramlington Hospital in Northumbria after he had issues with his breathing.

“Thanks for all the good wishes everyone,” he Tweeted. “I’m currently on oxygen at Cramlington Hospital after struggling with my breathing yesterday.

“NHS staff have been incredible and the care I’ve received has been out of this world.”

Newcastle released a statement this week about the most recent measures the club were taking in response to the virus, including furloughing players.

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“Newcastle Rugby Ltd, which includes Newcastle Thunder, Newcastle Falcons and its associated charity, Newcastle Rugby Foundation, is working with all staff to put together a plan aimed at ensuring long-term job retention and the ongoing stability of the business,” a statement read.

“This plan will incorporate government help via the furloughed worker scheme for some staff members, and salary reductions.

“This is to ensure that we are in a strong position to move forwards when rugby resumes.

“We thank our staff members for their understanding during this difficult period.”

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Newcastle Falcons currently sit top of the Green King IPA Championship, which has been canned by the RFU. It remains to be seen if the Falcons will be promoted to the Gallagher Premiership, as Ealing Trailfinders have suggested that they are looking into the legality of a potential Falcons promotion.

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