School is shut down after student tests positive for coronavirus – at the same college where a teacher was diagnosed last week
A Melbourne student has tested positive to COVID-19 after a teacher at the high school was confirmed to have contracted the virus last week.
Keilor Downs College, in the city’s north-west, was shut for cleaning on Friday after the student returned a positive test result on Thursday.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the student was infectious at school on Tuesday.
The student was associated with a cluster of five members of a household who tested positive to coronavirus on Thursday.
A Melbourne student has tested positive to COVID-19 after a teacher at Keilor Downs was confirmed to have contracted the virus last week
There is no evidence of a link between the student and the staff member who had tested positive last Friday, as the teacher had no exposure to the school site, authorities say.
Principal Linda Maxwell informed parents, students and staff of the teacher’s diagnosis in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
‘Please do not be alarmed but one of our staff has tested positive to COVID-19 in a community test,’ she said.
‘They have not been at school at all during this time so there is no action required at school.
‘We have not been asked to close for cleaning and there are no contacts at school.’
Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday morning said there were seven new coronavirus cases recorded across Victoria.
‘Of those cases three are the result of routine testing, two have been in hotel quarantine following overseas travel and two of those are under investigation by our public health team at the moment,’ he said.
‘There has been a positive case at a school.’
It brings the state’s total number of cases to 1,634 after a case was removed from the tally because of a data issue. About 70 cases remain active.
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