Managing Positive Cases and Close Contacts

What happens if a Positive (Confirmed) Case attends Scouting?

If a confirmed case attended Scouting while they were infectious, it is Scouts Victoria’s responsibility to contact those who were in attendance and inform them that they are close contacts or social contacts.

Social contacts are those who spent an extended period of time with a confirmed case, such as very close contact for over 15 minutes or over 2 hours indoors (eg hall, office, bus, training room, etc). Social contacts with symptoms should get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result. It is recommended by Department of Health that social contacts without symptoms get a daily Rapid Antigen test for 5 days.

If the confirmed case shared accommodation with other members, those who shared accommodation will be required to quarantine for 7 days as close contacts.

Refer to Coronavirus Victoria’s guidance on positive cases and social contacts: Your COVID Checklist

On being told that a confirmed case attended an activity, the LIC should:

  • Contact coronavirus@scoutsvictoria.com.auto either inform Scouts Victoria that a positive case attended Scouting or if you need guidance on what to do next.
  • If you require urgent support, call the 24-hour Scouts Victoria Emergency Line on 03 8543 9877
  • Notify other parties, such as campsites, council, schools, third party venues, etc as appropriate depending on the location where the positive case attended
  • Inform the attendees (or families) that a positive case attended Scouting. Attendees with symptoms should get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • If the activity involved overnight accommodation, such as camping or a hall sleepover, compile a list of who shared accommodation with the confirmed case.
  • Undertake cleaning and disinfection of the frequently touched surfaces. A full COVID deep-clean is not required unless instructed by Department of Health.
  • Leaders should provide evidence of negative test result (e.g. SMS result) before returning to face-to-face Scouting, however youth members are not required to.

Unless the positive case shared accommodation, the following text can be used to send to families if a confirmed case attended Scouting.

Dear Scouting families,

Unfortunately we have been informed that somebody who attended [name the meeting/activity, e.g. Cub’s night] on [date of meeting/activity] has since tested positive for COVID. They are in quarantine for 7 days from their test date. Their household contacts must also quarantine and will have a test at the end of their quarantine period.

Under the Pandemic Orders, all other attendees are classified as “social contacts” and any social contacts with symptoms should get tested and isolate until receiving a negative result. Its is recommended by the Department of Health that social contacts without symptoms undertake a daily Raid Antigen test for five days if possible.

In most cases, the Department of Health will not contact a positive case's social contacts or provide direct advice. Refer to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist

Other members of your family or household who were not present do not need to isolate or get tested unless they have symptoms.

What should we tell families if a positive case attended a Scouting activity?

If the attendance by positive case did not involve shared accommodation, the following text can be used to send to families if a confirmed case attended Scouting.

Dear Scouting families,

Unfortunately we have been informed that somebody who attended [name the meeting/activity, e.g. Cub’s night] on [date of meeting/activity] has since tested positive for COVID. They are in quarantine for 7 days from their test date. Their household contacts must also quarantine and will have a test at the end of their quarantine period.

Under the Pandemic Orders, all other attendees are classified as “social contacts” and any social contacts with symptoms should get tested and isolate until receiving a negative result. It is recommended by the Department of Health that social contacts without symptoms undertake a daily Raid Antigen test for five days if possible.

In most cases, the Department of Health will not contact a positive case's social contacts or provide direct advice. Refer to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist

Other members of your family or household who were not present do not need to isolate or get tested unless they have symptoms.

What should we tell families if a positive case attended an overnight camp or sleepover?

If the positive case shared accommodation with other members (such as a sleepover or camp), the following text can be used to send to families if a confirmed case attended Scouting.

Dear Scouting families,

Unfortunately we have been informed that somebody who attended [name the overnight activity, e.g. camp or sleepover] on the night of [date(s) of event] has since tested positive for COVID. They are in quarantine for 7 days from their test date. Their household contacts must also quarantine and will have a test at the end of their quarantine period.

Under the Pandemic Orders, any attendee that shared accommodation with a positive case is classified as a “close (household) contacts” and any close contacts must immediately get tested and self-quarantine for 7 days from the last date of exposure to the confirmed case. The close contact must also get tested on day 6 of quarantine and can leave quarantine after 7 days if the day 6 test returns a negative result.

Refer to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist

If the close contact can isolate at home separately from the other members of the household (ideally this means separate bedroom, separate bathroom, and meals delivered to their room) then other members of your family or household do not need to isolate or get tested unless they have symptoms.

What happens if a Contact of a confirmed case attends Scouting?

If a contact of a confirmed case attended Scouting, there is no longer a requirement for the other attendees to get tested or to isolate.

Refer to Coronavirus Victoria’s guidance on confirmed cases and social contacts: Your COVID Checklist

Contacts of confirmed cases are not required to inform anybody else that they are contacts as long as they get tested and isolate until receiving a negative result.

Whilst it is still a good idea to do so, there is no longer a requirement to inform attendees or their families if a contact of a positive case attends Scouting unless the contact subsequently tests positive.

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