The Wanneroo Basketball Association wishes to update our members on the current COVID situation relating to basketball after the most recent update by the Premier.
We understand this has been a confusing and anxious time for our members. We have dealt with conflicting advice, insufficient information and rapidly changing guidelines. We thank you all for your patience and understanding.
As COVID-19 case numbers inevitably increase the Department of Health’s focus will be on contract tracing high-risk settings, e.g. Residential Aged Care Facilities, remote Aboriginal communities, etc.
A close contact is:
- a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period,
- someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where they spent 4 hours of cumulative contact with them in a residential setting (including a home, residential care facility, boarding school, maritime vessel or other accommodation facility) in any 24-hour period where masks have been removed by both people during the period of contact
- someone who is informed by WA Health that they are a close contact.
Free RATs are available for close contacts. Close contacts with no symptoms can leave their place of isolation provided they undertake a daily RAT, wear a mask at all times outside the home, and avoid high-risk settings. Collection locations are available at wa.gov.au (external site).
The infectious period is taken from 48 hours before onset of symptoms, or 48 hours before the positive test result if they do not have symptoms, until the end of their isolation period. For example, if they first tested positive on Wednesday afternoon, their infectious period started on Monday afternoon.
The Health Department are asking all of us to take this seriously and follow the advice:
- IF YOU ARE UNWELL, PLEASE STAY HOME
- If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 get tested
- If you test positive to a RAT test you MUST report this to the Department of Health
- If you test positive and are comfortable with doing so, advise the Association/Club you played/trained in within the previous 48 hours, which will assist us to keep our broader community informed.
- Wearing a face mask is strongly encouraged at all times in basketball stadiums unless you are playing or training – this is for all people in Year 3 and above
- Practice physical distancing
- Practice good personal hygiene
- Use the ServiceWA app or SafeWA app to check in at all venues
If you are notified that you are close contact, we ask that you follow the advice of government to protect the safety of those around you.
* The above information may change at any time pending further venue or State Government announcements or restrictions.
We will continue to provide information as it comes to hand, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.