Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 20 March 2020
As the lead agency in Western Australia, the WA Department of Health is monitoring the CORONA VIRUS situation and the Department of Education is acting on their advice as it relates to students and staff in WA schools. Please see the following advice.
If a student or member of the family is diagnosed with Coronavirus, the College should be advised as soon as possible on 6207 5500.
Attendance at school
Who cannot attend school
The Prime Minister has introduced measures placed on international arrivals into Australia. This means a mandatory 14 day self-isolation requirement will be placed on all international arrivals into Australia. This also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.
Students or staff who have been tested for COVID-19 should follow the advice of the WA Department of Health and stay away from school whilst awaiting results.
Students or staff also need to self-quarantine if they have been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. They must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
Parents/carers should notify their school if their child will be self isolating and confirm the date in which they were last overseas.
Students who are unwell (not related to the Coronavirus), should also stay at home.
If students or staff display symptoms (see information below) they should not attend school and seek medical advice.
How to minimise the spread of COVID-19
• Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol based hand gel
• Refraining from touching mouth and nose
• If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow
• Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene
• Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).
People with COVID-19 may experience:
• flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; or
• shortness of breath.
The WA Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson, has advised people should not go to be tested for COVID-19 to either COVID Clinics or GPs unless they are currently experiencing symptoms and meet the testing criteria.
To be eligible for testing people must:
• be currently experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat AND have
• returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days
• OR be currently experiencing symptoms, and be a contact of a confirmed case
• OR be currently experiencing symptoms and believe they have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
For the latest information and health related enquiries please refer to the Department of Health website https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus or access their helpline 1800 020 080. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions flyer from the Department of Health below