Managing Positive Cases and Close Contacts

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

If a positive case attended Scouting while they were infectious, Scouts Victoria is responsible for notifying close contacts, and should also inform social contacts, where possible.

You are a social contact if you spent over 2 hours indoors with a positive case (e.g. hall, office, shared vehicle, 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.

You are a close contact if you shared overnight accommodation (e.g. tent, cabin, hall sleepover, etc) with a positive case. Close contacts are required to self-quarantine for 7 days, but can leave self-quarantine if they comply with the following conditions:

  • are not showing any COVID-like symptoms, and
  • have received a negative result from a COVID test undertaken 24 hours apart for up to five times in seven days, and
  • wear a face mask if indoors, (unless an exception applies), and
  • do not visit high risk locations, such as care homes.

In addition, a close contact may attend Scouting if they:

  • have received a negative result from a Rapid Antigen test undertaken on the day of attendance, and each subsequent day for an overnight event, and
  • wear a face mask indoors, including halls and shared transportation, (unless an exception applies), and
  • do not share accommodation, such as tents, bunkhouses or hall sleepovers.

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

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

  • If you require urgent support, call the 24-hour Scouts Victoria Emergency Line on 03 8543 9877.
  • Compile a list of close contacts who shared accommodation (such as a tent or a hall sleepover) with the positive case.
  • If necessary, notify Scouts Victoria at coronavirus@scoutsvictoria.com.au as described below.
  • Inform the attendees (or families) that a positive case attended Scouting and they may be a close or social contact.
  • Notify other parties, such as campsites, council, schools, third party venues, etc as appropriate depending on the location where the positive case attended.
  • Undertake cleaning and disinfection of the frequently touched surfaces. A full COVID deep-clean is not required unless instructed by Department of Health.

Notify coronavirus@scoutsvictoria.com.au if:

  • the positive case shared accommodation (such as a tent or a hall sleepover), or
  • there was more than one positive case in attendance at any activity, or
  • you require further support.

What should we tell families if a positive case attended a Scouting activity with no shared accommodation (social contacts only)?

The following text can be sent to participants (or their families) who attended an activity or event and potentially spent an extended period indoors with a positive case, but did not share overnight accommodation.

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.

Under the Pandemic Orders, attendees who spent an extended period indoors with the positive case are ‘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 Rapid Antigen test for five days if possible.

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

What should we tell families if a positive case shared accommodation at an overnight camp or sleepover (close contacts)?

The following text can be sent to a specific participant (or their family) who shared accommodation with a positive case. Only send this message to participants who shared accommodation with the positive case. Alternatively, you may wish to speak to them directly to let them know.

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.

Under the Pandemic Orders, any attendee that shared accommodation with a positive case is classified as a ‘close (household) contact’ and any close contacts must immediately get tested and quarantine for 7 days from the last date of exposure to the positive case. A close contact can leave quarantine if they:

  • are not showing any COVID-like symptoms, and
  • test negative using a rapid antigen test on 5 days of the 7-day period (with tests spaced at least 24 hours apart)
  • wear a mask indoors when outside your home
  • do not visit hospitals or care facilities

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

A close contact can continue to attend Scouting if they:

  • are not showing any COVID-like symptoms, and
  • have received a negative result from a Rapid Antigen test undertaken on the day of attendance (and each subsequent day for an overnight event), and
  • wear a face mask indoors (unless an exception applies), and
  • do not share accommodation, such as tents, bunkhouses or hall sleepovers.
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