Please note the following information from Surrey Hockey Association...
"Surrey is being asked by schools and pitch hirers to confirm its stance regarding the Novel Coronavirus.
Please will you circulate the note below to the parents of your players, who will probably have received something similar from their schools, but Surrey should also be re-inforcing this important message.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
As we are sure you are aware, the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very dynamic and changing almost by the day. This update is based on the latest advice issued by the Department for Education and Public Health England, which can be found here.
I have used relevant information from this guidance below but Surrey's stance remains that “If you are in any doubt whatsoever as to whether you have been in contact with an infected individual or have been in a situation where infection is possible you must stay away from hockey and seek medical advice as well as notifying your School, Hockey Club and Squad Coach.”
If you or your children have returned from what are known as Category 1 areas (see below) since 19th February:
- Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy
- Daegu or Cheongdo, (Republic of Korea)
- Wuhan City and Hubei Province, China (returned in the past 14 days)
* Bertonico • Casalpusterlengo • Castelgerundo • Castiglione D'Adda • Codogno • Fombio • Maleo • San Fiorano • Somaglia • Terranova dei Passerini: • Vo
- Call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel and seek further advice.
- Inform your school, hockey club and squad coach immediately.
- If currently well, you/they should self-isolate for 14 days.
- If you/they become unwell please call NHS 111 immediately for them to be assessed by an appropriate specialist. If they require emergency medical attention, call 999 and tell the call handler or ambulance control that the person has a history of recent travel to risk areas for COVID-19
If you or your children have returned from a Category 2 area (see below) since 19th February and develop symptoms (however mild):
- Hong Kong
- Italy: north* (see map above)
- Republic of Korea*
You should stay indoors at home if symptoms develop and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111 for advice. You should also let the School, Hockey Club and Squad Coach know and self-isolate for 14 days.
You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
If you have travelled to other areas:
Currently, there are minimal cases outside the risk (Category 1 and 2) areas and therefore the likelihood of an individual coming into contact with a confirmed case is low. There is no need for pupils, parents or staff who have visited these areas to avoid normal activities or educational settings unless – as stated above - they have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. If individuals are aware that they have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 they should contact NHS 111 for further advice.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
- difficulty in breathing
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
- before leaving home
- on arrival at school
- after using the toilet
- after breaks and sporting activities
- before food preparation
- before eating any food, including snacks
- before leaving school
- use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
See further information issued by Public Health England and the NHS.
With best wishes
Surrey HA urges all clubs and schools to be aware of the England Hockey proposals which will be voted on at the March 2020 EH AGM.
Surrey HA favours and will vote for the South amendment requesting a delay in implementation until more detail is agreed.
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