Coronavirus case sees Victorian Government shut school amid jump in new cases

A school in the northern suburbs of Melbourne has been temporarily shut down due to coronavirus, the Victorian Government has announced. 

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said a teacher at Epping’s Meadowglen Primary School had tested positive to the virus.

Ms Mikakos said the school would be shut down from Monday to Wednesday to enable cleaning and contact tracing.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the case yesterday and was working to support the school, she said.

Parents, carers and staff were contacted by the school to let them know a staff member had tested positive.

“Students who need to attend in person and have no other option … will be supported to be able to attend a neighbouring school,” Ms Mikakos said.

She said that given 97 per cent of Victorian kids were studying from home the potential for transmission was limited and students who were at the school but not in the teacher’s classroom may be able to go straight to a neighbouring school.

Ms Mikakos said Victoria recorded 13 new coronavirus cases overnight, bringing the state total to 1,384.

Six of the new cases relate to the cluster at an abattoir in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

Three were returned overseas travellers in quarantine, one was a close contact of a past case and the other three were identified through the Government’s testing blitz.

Victoria’s death toll remains at 18.

Ms Mikakos said health authorities did not yet know how the teacher contracted the virus and were investigating potential sources of the infection including colleagues or students.

“There might have been a tradesperson, there might have been someone else that attended that school in recent days,” she said.

Anyone who believes they might have been exposed to the virus should call the coronavirus hotline or attend a screening clinic.

She said any close contacts of those exposed would need to self-isolate.

More to come.

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