With attention at an all-time high in relation to the Coronavirus disease, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some information on this disease and how we can work together to prevent the spread of infection.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus.
What are the Symptoms of the virus?
Symptoms can range from a mild cough to pneumonia. The symptoms of the virus include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.
How is the Virus Spread?
The infection is most likely to spread from person to person through:
- Direct contact with a person while infected;
- Contact with droplets when a person with a confirmed infection coughs or sneezes: or
- Touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) that were contaminated with virus laden mucus from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
Requirements of all parents, staff, volunteers, coaches, members
All parents, staff, volunteers, coaches, members should continue to practice good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene. We are reinforcing the Department of Health recommendations as outlined below as well as implementing other preventable measures;
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Drink bottles are not to be shared. Each participant should have their own drink bottle, which is clearly labelled and is only used by that individual.
- All SCRA facilities, changerooms and toilets are to be provided in a clean and hygienic state which is usual practice.
- Soap is provided in all toilets.
- All of our Member Groups to ensure both the equipment is regularly cleaned as is usual practice
- Minimising contact will reduce the spread of the virus.
- Signs have been added in all rest rooms and in kitchen advising of recommended hand washing practices
- A sign has been installed in the foyer area advising of recommendations from the Australian Government Department of Health
- 16th March 2020 – update – We ask that anyone entering the building to wash their hands. If your Member Group has hand sanitizer then we suggest you have this on the table with all the signs on display. Persons can either use the hand sanitizer, or wash their hands in the kitchen or rest rooms or alternatively have water, soap & paper towels attached.
How you can help us:
- Keep unwell children at home.
- Teach your child the correct coughing and sneezing etiquette (into their elbow or into a tissue).
- Encourage your child to always wash their hands thoroughly and use hand sanitiser if it is provided.
Thank you for helping us to maintain child, parent and staff and volunteer safety.
What if you do Develop Symptoms
If you develop symptoms, as outlined above, within 14 days of last contact with a confirmed case, an appointment is to be made with your doctor immediately. Please ensure you telephone your health clinic or hospital prior to arriving and provide all details including your travel or if you have had contact with a confirmed or potential case of Coronavirus.