Date of Event North West Metropolitan Cricket Association: Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:50PM

To All clubs.

As everyone is aware the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) is having an impact on public events.
The NWMCA is not immune to the possibility of transmission of the virus during Cricket matches.

At this time, our decision is that ALL FINALS THIS WEEKEND WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED

While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness – not coronavirus.

The Australian Government considers the following countries to be at higher risk for COVID-19:

- Mainland China
- Iran
- Italy
- Republic of Korea

People who have returned from a country or region that is at high or moderate risk for COVID-19 should monitor their health closely. 

If you develop symptoms including a fever and cough you should isolate yourself immediately and urgently seek medical attention. 

The coronavirus is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
• direct close contact with a person while they are infectious
• close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or
• touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

Most infections are only transmitted by people when they have symptoms. These can include fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness and shortness of breath. 

As the NWMCA has a duty of care to all players officials and supporters it is timely to remind everyone that practicing good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. 
You should: 
• wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
• cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitise
• and if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).

We encorage all clubs to have supplies of Sanitisers available in the club and at the scoring table on the weekend.

Some people who are infected may not get sick at all, some will get mild symptoms from which they will recover easily, and others may become very ill, very quickly. 

From previous experience with other corona viruses, the people at most risk of serious infection are: 
• people with compromised immune systems (e.g. cancer)
• elderly people
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as they have higher rates of chronic illness
• people with diagnosed chronic medical conditions
• very young children and babies
• people in group residential settings
• people in detention facilities

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

Peter Bryceson

Last updated: Friday March 13, 2020 8:18PM