ACT Deputy Director of Health Care Dr. Vanessa Johnston says deep cleaning is less important in Canberra school COVID cases | Canberra Times

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Depth cleaning of exposure sites is not as crucial as it used to be in the fight to prevent COVID-19 infection in schools, but campuses still need to be closed in the event of a positive case, says the deputy chief health chief. Wanniassa School’s junior campus and Ainslie School had positive cases on site last week, forcing between 60 and 70 people at each school to quarantine. Dr. Vanessa Johnston said evidence had emerged that a standard, thorough cleaning of high-touch surfaces was enough to make areas at a school safe in the event of a confirmed case. But schools are likely to still close to allow time for contact tracing if there is a case on campus. “Often we get notified in these cases quite late in the day. It takes some time to do the contact tracing,” said Dr. Johnston. “And so in reality, it’s a kind of necessity that the school might have to close one day, not even just for the cleaning, but just to make sure we can work closely through with the contact tracing.” Dr. Johnston said ACT Health was trying to reduce the impact of potential COVID-19 cases on schools. “We’ve talked about all the measures we take in schools to reduce mixing and mixing, so aggregation of classes and staggered start and break times.” But beyond that, when we identify a case and the contacts around it, vaccination status becomes pretty critical to determine whether to isolate or quarantine for seven days or 14 days. “Unvaccinated elementary school children will still need to be quarantined for 14 days if they are a close contact person of a case, no matter how vaccinated high school and college students and teachers should be. have quarantined for seven days.Read MORE: Dr. Johnston could not say whether close contacts would be limited to the class where the positive case spent their time, as there were differences between early childhood, elementary school, high school and college settings. “It is a very nuanced, risk-based assessment so that we can really minimize the number of people who have to lose weight. “No further cases of COVID-19 were detected in Canberra schools selected ten rsdag. The Wanniassa school was closed Monday for contact tracing, but reopened Tuesday. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:

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