Covid-19 Bulletin: 20

Wed 28 Oct

Coronavirus Alert

Dear fellow members

This is a short bulletin to inform members that we have had our first report of a member who has visited the Club and tested positive for Covid 19.

This is a wake-up call for all of us to exercise added caution as the virus is very much appearing in our local area.

On Sunday 25th October the Club was contacted by a member who reported that his wife had felt unwell on Thursday 22nd and so they got a test done.

The results came back positive and he contacted the Club as soon as possible since he and his wife had been dining at the Club on Wednesday 21st.

Through our track and trace system the staff were able to contact everyone who had been at the Club at that time, even though they had not spoken to anyone except the member of staff who served them. That member of staff was sent for a test, which proved negative. As a precaution they will be off duty until 4th November. (The Club has not been contacted by the official Track & Test Service.) We feel that the right actions have been taken. We will always do everything we can to keep names confidential. Although this may seem to make it difficult for members contacted to decide if they have been in contact, the reason for informing them is so they can stay alert and if they feel unwell to self-isolate and get tested immediately.

This shows several important actions for all of us:

•  If you feel unwell do not come to the Club and if exhibiting the classic symptoms then get tested.
•  If you test positive and have recently been at the Club then it is everyone’s duty to let the Club know. In confidence we will ask you to identify the time that you were at the club and the people you were in close proximity to. These names will be contacted as a priority.
•  You must swipe in at the gate, complete the track and trace details if you are inside the clubhouse and scan the NHS App if you have downloaded it on your phone. With this information the Club can contact other members who were at the Club at the same time to alert them to take appropriate action themselves.
•  When in the clubhouse do not mix with other groups and wear your facemask at all times except when seated. Clearly if there is a lot of mingling of groups inside the clubhouse the risk of spreading infection is much greater.

This feels like a warning of the rising prevalence of the virus in our communities and a chance for us all to take the necessary steps to try and contain its spread and protect each other and our staff.

It seems our “in house” track and trace system has proved itself in this case, but it emphasises the importance for all of us using the Club to provide our contact information each time. This information will be treated in confidence.

The staff have been instructed to refuse service to any members not complying with the requirement for track and trace details and anyone not complying will be required to leave the Club premises immediately. We know most of you are doing your best to minimise risks of transmission.

Meanwhile we send our sincerest best wishes to our fellow members in coming through their infection and thank them for contacting us so we can alert others. And look forward to better times ahead.

On a personal note, what a roller coaster world we are in….immediately following on from our last positive, upbeat bulletin, we now have to issue this bulletin 20.

Any questions, or comments, as always, please contact me.

Poole Yacht Club Commodore John