Students will be monitored daily for symptoms by their instructors, particularly during the first 2 weeks of the course.
Instructors will be briefed to watch for:
- Sneezing and runny noses
- Shortness of breath
Students will be reminded to report experiencing the symptoms above, as well as:
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Temporary loss of smell
Anyone presenting with outlined symptoms will be isolated and assessed as soon as possible.
During this process, the person will be isolated as much as is practical. In the field eg tramping, this would mean:
- maintaining at least 2m physical separation (including while sleeping)
- the person wearing a face mask and following good cough/sneeze practice
- the person not participating in any close group activities or food preparation
- everyone in the group following a regular hand washing regime
- leaving the field as soon as safe to do so
- where possible, transporting the person in different vehicle/vessel from the rest of the watch
If a person is advised to undergo a COVID-19 test, they will be isolated until the test results have been returned. If the result is positive, the person will remain in isolation for 14 days and OBNZ will seek further advice from the Nelson Marlborough Medical Officer of Health. If the result is negative, we will accept medical advice on when the person is able to return to their course or work.
Anyone who has mild symptoms, which have been medically assessed as not requiring a COVID-19 test, will be considered on a case by case basis.
If a person is identified as a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, they must self-isolate for 14 days. If a student is required to self-isolate beyond the end of the course, Outward Bound will liaise with the Nelson Marlborough Medical Officer of Health about the possibility of the student travelling home. If this is not practical, Outward Bound will continue to support them to self-isolate at Anakiwa
If an isolated person requires medical care, this will be planned in consultation with the Outward Bound screening nurse or local medical centre. The medical centre will be able to advise what treatment is appropriate and if the person should be brought in or remain at Outward Bound.