17 COVID-19 cases linked to Wanniassa school outbreak | Canberra Times

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Seventeen cases of COVID-19 have been linked to an outbreak on the Wanniassa School junior campus. Chief health officer Dr. Kerryn Coleman said early investigations show 15 of the cases were on school grounds and two cases were household contacts. There are more than 120 close contacts associated with the outbreak, and all persons who have been present at the junior campus or after-school center since Monday, October 25, have been asked to be tested for COVID-19 and isolate themselves until they receive a result. “We will work our way through the results [as] these tests come through and it will help us understand the scope [of] transmission on campus because we do not really know at the moment, “said Dr. Coleman. Dr. Coleman said the vast majority of cases were linked to a one-year level, but health authorities were unsure how one of the cases in the cluster was linked to the cohort.She said the majority of the infected children were symptomatic and were linked to the COVID home care program to treat them outside the hospital.The news comes when ACT registered 15 new COVID-19 cases during 24 hours until Tuesday at 8pm. Wanniassa School junior campus was closed on Monday but reopened on Tuesday. Education Minister Yvette Berry confirmed it was closed again on Wednesday after further cases were discovered. “Within a day, short shutdowns focus on all the health and well-being of students rather than the classes. Students will not be marked absent today [Wednesday], “said Mrs. Berry.” If the students are to be quarantined for fourteen days, the school will work very closely with those in their families to ensure that they have some online learning plans and that the work is now being prepared. “Mrs. Berry said all teachers at Wanniassa School had complied with the school’s vaccination mandate, it is uncertain whether the school will reopen on Thursday MORE COVID-19 NEWS: Dr. Coleman said she was not aware of any further cases related to the positive case at Ainslie School. This person attended campus on Monday, October 25 and the morning of Tuesday, October 26. The head of health said outbreaks in schools were expected as students returned to face-to-face learning. “We want our children to enjoy life out in [the] Community. It is [a] really important part of their development and their learning. But … I can just remind everyone to closely monitor for symptoms, really, really closely monitor for symptoms in children before they are sent to school, “she said.” We will not be able to keep COVID-free schools , but … we want to keep COVID safe and keep schools as open as we possibly can. “Ms Berry said it was still safe to send children to school despite the new cluster.” This is the world, we will be in for a little longer, but the risk and the measures we have taken, I think it is safer to have children in school instead of keeping them at home away from their friends and their peers and teachers and learning in a school environment. “Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able to do so, please subscribe here.If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support o sign up for our regular newsletter newsletters.Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community.How to continue accessing our trusted content:

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