|Dear Centre Presidents and Secretaries,|
Little Athletics NSW is committed to the health and wellbeing of all its members, athletes, volunteers and spectators. Over the last few days several NSW and Australian health department related alerts have been issued in relation to the novel coronavirus.
The NSW Health Department report that there have been a small number of cases of transmission from person to person occurring outside of mainland China. However, all confirmed cases in NSW were infected with the virus whilst overseas.
The NSW Health Department suggest that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. This can be done by following the everyday preventive actions for protecting against respiratory infections.Practice simple hygiene by covering your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands thoroughly.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact, when possible, with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.Make sure you stay home if you are sick.
In addition, the NSW Government has requested that children who have visited China not attend school or childcare services until 14 days have lapsed from their date of departure. Although the risk is very low, the NSW Government has taken this step as an additional precautionary measure.
Little Athletics NSW would like to encourage Centre’s to consider applying these same incubation periods for any of their members returning from China during this time as a precautionary measure. As mentioned previously, while the risk is very low, this is an additional precautionary measure that may assist in reducing the likelihood of infection for you and those at your centre.
Further information and updates are available via NSW Health website;
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