As you are aware, the School has been closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic through the ACT Health Directorate web page: https://health.act.gov.au/public-health-alert/updated-information-about-covid-19 as well as advice from the education sector. The latest advice from ACT Health we have received is that:
“As of 11 March 2020, anyone who has returned to Australia from mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea, including transit through these countries, must self-quarantine at home for 14 days from the date they left the country and closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.”
The signs and symptoms to look out for include
- Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or headaches; or
- Difficulty breathing
According to the Australia Department of Health, China, Iran, Italy and South Korea are considered “High” risk and all other countries are regularly reviewed however are currently considered as “Moderate” risk.
Anyone who has been in close contact with a person who has been confirmed with COVID-19, must quarantine themselves for 14 days after the last contact with that person.
The School has completed a Risk Level Matrix, which outlines actions we are currently undertaking taking and will take according to the identified risk level indicators.
Unfortunately as of today, the current status now stands at 1 confirmed case in the ACT, with 441 people testing negative.
This situation has inevitably brought the School from Level 1 to Level 2 with no confirmed cases within the Orana Community. However please note that once we reach Level 3, the School will be required to follow the directives from ACT Health and the Commonwealth Government and we will keep you informed of any further developments.
We will continue to be vigilant in continuing to practise good hygiene and normal medical protocols at the School, in the hope that our School Community will remain well for as long as possible.