Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update 13 March 2020

coronavirusAlamein FC is continually monitoring the developments in regards to the Coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne and is following the advice as guided by the VIC Dept of Health and our governing body Football Victoria (FV) who have today updated their position as per below:

Following Tuesday’s announcement regarding members of the Carey Baptist Grammar School community and Covid-19 (Coronavirus), Football Victoria (FV) wishes to advise of the following update:

On Wednedsay, in collaboration with the Department of Health, we understand Carey conducted a thorough review of the potential initial exposure to its community members. The review concluded that some people were deemed to have had close contact with diagnosed staff members whilst others had casual contact with them.

Close contact is defined as someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes or been in the same closed space for at least two hours with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 when that person was infectious. The Department of Health has now directly contacted all individuals identified as casual contacts (including parents of students) and have actioned appropriate management with these people.

Casual contact is defined as someone who has been face to face for less than fifteen minutes or has been in the same closed space for less than two hours with someone who has tested positive for COVID–19, when that person was infectious. The School has now directly contacted all individuals identified on this list (including parents of students) and have actioned appropriate management with these people.

Please see the attached link to the DHHS website confirming the above definitions and other advice to the public:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19.

Therefore, and on the basis of the outcomes of Carey’s review today, FV permits Carey Baptist Grammar School students and their siblings/families who had either no or casual contact with diagnosed staff members to participate in FV games, competitions, training or events effective immediately.

FV also understands that other schools have been closed this week and in this instance – and in any other instance for any organisation – the above definitions and protocols apply until further notice.

FV will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation on a daily basis and will provide updates on our website should this position change.

Alamein FC’s  priority is the well being of our players, staff, volunteers, referees and their families and we will ensure information is provided as soon it is available on possible cancellations of training, matches and other programs that we manage.

Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus as per VIC DHHS:

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
  • Don't wear a face mask if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot (available April).
  • Shaking hands is optional!

There are several online resources that have been made available for further information

If a player or a family member has been advised to 'self/home isolate’ do not attend training and/or matches and we wish anyone who is affected a speedy and healthy recovery.