Update to our COVID RESPONSE

9 May 2022

As at Monday 9th May 2022, the City of Greater Bendigo had 1532 active cases of COVID-19 and the daily new infection rate hovers between 200 and 300 new cases. The incidence of cases is not receding.

The risk of catching the virus, particularly one of the Omicron variations, is very high and of concern for our Committee of Management, who are constantly reviewing the situation.

Whilst the Public Health Orders have ceased, the onus has been put on us as individual members and organisations. We are mindful that we have Duty of Care for our members, particularly so, as we are in the vulnerable age range. Some of our U3A members who have had, or currently have COVID are experiencing a very significant impact on their health and wellbeing and we care and are very concerned for them.

IF YOU HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID, YOU STILL MUST DO THE FOLLOWING:

  1. If your positive result is from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) you must report this information to

1800 675 398. If your positive result is from a PCR test, your information is already in the system

  1. You must isolate for 7 full days, and please let your Convenor know.
  2. Your household contacts do not necessarily have to isolate for 7 days, however they will be required to test themselves for 5 of the 7 days post contact.

If someone who has COVID-19 has informed you that you are a social contact, this means that you spent time with a confirmed case while they were infectious with COVID-19 and you may now have the virus.

  1. Please get tested and monitor your situation carefully.
  2. As a courtesy could you let your Convenor know if you have been a close contact too.

CONVENORS – YOUR ROLE IN MANAGING FOR COVID RELATED SITUATIONS IS AS FOLLOWS:

  • Should a member of your group test positive, you need to be alert and take action
  • Inform members of the group immediately, so that they can make an informed decision about what actions they may need to take. Symptoms or no symptoms – see above
  • Discuss your actions with Leader Member Services -Ian Burdett, or our Health and Wellbeing Officer – Christine Haddrick

MAINTAINING OUR EFFORTS TO MINIMISE TRANSMISSION OF COVID INFECTIONS

Be aware that transmission of aerosols and droplets of the virus project into the air and extra care must be taken by increasing ventilation and social distancing.

Mask wearing is not compulsory but still a useful tool for minimising exposure to the virus and for reducing any transmission of the virus.

Some members of U3A have chosen to isolate for 7 seven days and taken a mini break from classes after being advised that they are a possible close contact. We know of some who have tested positive 6 days after contact at a family event. Every little bit helps, and thank you for your consideration of others.

WINTER IS UPON US

We have been advised that Winter will see a big burst of infections for both the COVID virus and the Flu virus. We recommend that you keep your COVID and Flu vaccinations up to date please.

Leave a Reply