Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a respiratory (lung) illness which spreads through close contact with an infected person; mostly face-to-face or within a household. Close contact is defined by the Department of Health and Human services (DHHS) as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face to face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a close space for more than 2 hours with a confirmed case. Overall Health In this current situation we ask that any students, parents or coaches do not attend training if they are unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms even if they don’t meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing. This is so that players can rest and recover more quickly and so we reduce the possibility of spreading any illness to other members. To help prevent the spread of the virus in our community we request that the following players/coaches do not attend training/games: • Anyone who is showing signs and symptoms that include fever, breathing difficulties such as breathlessness, cough, sore throat, fatigue or tiredness. If you are unwell please seek medical attention and do not return until all symptoms have resolved. • Anyone who has been in close contact with an individual who is suspected or has been confirmed to have a case of COVID-19. Please follow the DHHS isolation guidelines and do not return until medically cleared to do so • Anyone who has been in close contact with an individual who has returned within the last 14 days from a country identified by the Australian Government as having travel restrictions or cautions. https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novelcoronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#travellers-and-visitors Anyone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or is a close contact (as defined above) of a confirmed case is also requested to notify Mooroolbark Soccer Club immediately. All members are requested to practice good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene as this is the best defence against most viruses. You should: • wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet • cover your cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, then dispose of tissues, and wash hands. Should there be an increase in the number of cases locally or if Mooroolbark Soccer Club becomes directly impacted by suspected cases within the our community, we will implement further measures.
Key sources of information include the following: DHHS: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19 Dept Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncovhealth-alert