Responding to a COVID-19 Case
If a Player, Staff, Volunteer or Parent communicates or displays potential symptoms or has come into contact with a person with confirmed case of COVID-19, the following process must be followed:
- If this is communicated prior to arrival, inform the affected person that they must not attend or return to training, and that they should immediately self-isolate and remain quarantined as required by Government direction until they are medically cleared;
- Advise the affected member to follow Department of Health procedures relevant to their state or territory;
[Suggested response/message to a potential COVID-19 participant or staff]
As you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you may need to self-isolate. Follow local Government instructions, do not attend training and stay at home until you have been cleared by a doctor to train / leave home. Read more about self-isolation
- If this is perceived or communicated at entry to venue or during session, the potential COVID-19 person must be taken immediately to an isolated room or area to prevent spreading the virus and will be required to follow any procedures specifically applicable in such circumstances.
You must also provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to the affected person, such as disposable surgical mask, and hand sanitiser and tissues, if available. Also provide protection to anyone assisting the person. If the person has serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help, otherwise seek and follow government health advice by calling your state or territory helpline or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.
Ensure the person has personal transport home, to a location they can isolate, or to a medical facility if necessary. If they need to use public transport or a taxi, they should avoid contact with others including the driver.
- wearing a surgical mask, if available;
- avoiding direct contact with the driver, including sitting in the back seat to achieve as much separation as is reasonably possible;
- practising good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze hygiene; and
- paying by card.
Read more on dealing with a potential COVID-19 staff or visitors.
- Comply with the Club/Site communication plan, which should include contacting the person’s doctor for advice and/or notifying public health authorities or the National Coronavirus Help Line on 1800 020 080, and identifying other club attendees that have come into contact with the person concerned;
- Comply with any mandated Government Health reporting;
- Undertake thorough cleaning and sterilisation of any areas in which the Potential COVID-19 Person has attended and ensure no other persons are physically present in such area for 24 hours; and
- Players and staff concerned may continue to attend and participate in training only upon providing a full written medical clearance from a doctor and having abided by the appropriate isolation period and testing requirements as regulated by the relevant State Government Health Department.
More information can be found on AIS.
Returning to Training After COVID-19
If a player, staff, volunteer or parent test positive for COVID-19, they must only return to training and club venue when they have fully recovered and have met the criteria for clearance from isolation. It is mandatory to present a written medical clearance from a doctor.
Participants returning to sport after COVID-19 infection require medical assessment and clearance from a doctor prior to the resumption of high intensity physical activity to exclude any potential complications from the viral infection.
Responding to a localised outbreak
The Club/Site should develop a response plan in the event of a localised outbreak of COVID-19. This plan may include thresholds/criteria for cancelling MiniRoos programs and an appropriate method for communicating next steps.