Update – Coronavirus 23 March 2020
I reiterate to stay vigilant and disciplined in keeping your distance from others as well as face and hand hygiene as the most effective ways to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. With the increasing number of confirmed cases now over 1000 in Australia and 600 in NSW this is the most recent and critical information for members and the public generally to adhere in the current state of pandemic. At Warriewood SLSC we are actively responding to Government guidelines and more to help slow the spread of the virus. I ask that everyone take responsibility to manage themselves and their families through newly increased social distancing (4sqm per person), hand and face hygiene, good cough etiquette, if you have cold / flu like symptoms please stay at home and seek advice from your GP.
New restrictions imposed by the Australian Government today 23 March for at least one month and impact for Warriewood SLSC:
- All functions are cancelled (this includes the members and hall area)
- The gym is now closed
- All yoga is cancelled
- Sunrise Kiosk will only serve takeaway
- Social distancing must be observed at all times with 4sqm per person
- For weekend patrol – If beach attendance exceeds 500 people, it will be closed by Police.
For information and updates from the Australian Health Department see https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19. The Australian Health Protection Principle Committee (AHPPC) is providing advice to the Australian Government regarding measures to be implemented to manage Coronavirus. Today’s media release provides more context as to Australia’s situation compared internationally and why we are increasing social distancing restrictions.
“We now have over 1,000 cases and we are clearly concerned at the rate of rise in cases and potential trajectory. Without diminishing the significance of the rise in case numbers, it is worth noting that the situation with our first 1,000 is somewhat different to that of other countries such as Italy and the USA when they were at 1,000. Please refer to the charts and table in todays release (https://www.health.gov.au/news/latest-statement-from-the-australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-on-coronavirus-covid-19-0 ).
More than half our cases are still imported from overseas or their direct contacts. We have one of the lowest COVID-19 test positivity rates in the world (0.9% compared to USA 13%, UK 5% and even ROK 3%). We have had only 7 deaths, all in people aged 75 or over and so far, less than 20 people have needed ICU treatment. This suggests that we do not have as large a proportion of undetected cases in the population, as was likely the case in the USA, Italy and other countries. Our early detection and control work was effective”.
Social distancing – what you can do
To reduce the spread of germs in the workplace:
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Consider if large gatherings can be rescheduled, staggered or cancelled
- Stop handshaking and other physical greetings
- Hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call
- Reconsider non-essential business travel
- Defer large face-to-face meetings
- Hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible
- Promote good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene and provide hand sanitisers for all staff and workers
- Take lunch outside rather than in the lunch room
- Clean and disinfect shared high-touch surfaces regularly
- Consider opening windows and adjusting air conditioning for more fresh air
- Limit food handling and shared food in the workplace
- Promote strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts
- Practice good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene
- Avoid handshaking and other physical greetings
- Regularly clean shared high-touch surfaces, such as tables, kitchen benches and doorknobs
- Increase the amount of fresh air by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
- Buy more goods and services online so you limit visits to the shop
- Consider what travel and outings are necessary, both individual and family, and go to open places such as parks
- Social distancing in the workplace
It is important to also stay active in ways that to do conflict with current restrictions like, walking the dog, walking around your neighbourhood, swimming / paddling / kayaking on the lake or in the ocean when safe to do so, reading some good books and working around home. You can email me directly if you have any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep well everyone.