Scouts Victoria is currently implementing controls that are consistent with current policy issued by the Department of Health on January 29 2020.

Members who have a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus or who have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should not participate in any Scouting activities. Members who have travelled to Hubei Province should also not participate in any Scouting activities until they have been back in Australia for 14 days without displaying symptoms.

The risk for Scouts Victoria members is likely to be from close contact with somebody who has been in Wuhan in the last 14 days or has been in close contact. The risk to members would be exacerbated during overnight camps while sleeping in close proximity and where ensuring good personal hygiene is more difficult.


Some background:

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Symptoms are generally flu-like, and deaths have only occurred in the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions. There is currently no specific treatment so treatment is focused on treatment of symptoms.

As of January 30, there are ~8000 confirmed cases and ~200 deaths. Most confirmed cases, and all deaths, have been in mainland China. Cases outside of China are all people who have been in Wuhan or have been in close contact with somebody who has been in Wuhan. At the time of writing there have been two confirmed cases in Victoria, both who have recently been in Wuhan.


It should be noted that the situation is evolving and our position may change at short notice. A significant change in position will be communicated by direct email (EDM) or otherwise through Be Informed or on the Scouts Victoria website. 

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