A Catholic school at the center of a major COVID-19 outbreak has been cleared of violation of COVID-19 restrictions.
New South Wales health called in police to investigate the Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook in northwest Sydney after parents alleged they were ignoring social aloofness rules.
A police spokeswoman confirmed Friday that NSW Health had asked agents to open an investigation, but the investigation was completed and the college was acquitted.
The school has been linked to 21 cases of coronavirus among staff and students.
Tangara School for Girls (pictured) in Cherrybrook in northwest Sydney has been cleared of COVID-19 restrictions violation
A cleaning crew in full PPE enters the Tangara Public School to perform a thorough cleaning
In an online statement, the school said the ‘misinformation’ circulating during the ‘challenging and emotional period’ needed to be clarified
In a statement on their website, the school said the ‘misinformation’ circulating during the ‘challenging and emotional period’ needed to be clarified.
“Today, NSW police ruled that no public health orders have been violated in Tangara,” the statement read.
“We have always followed and will continue to follow NSW Health’s advice on COVID-19.”
The school administration also shared a handwritten letter from a young student urging a speedy recovery for those affected by the virus.
‘Dear big girls, I hope you get better. Thank you for staying home to protect us. We pray for you, ”the student wrote.
The probe was started after an angry parent spoke Ben Fordham of 2GB Radio to suggest that the school was not following health guidelines and was still offering Communion, along with the obligatory mass.
“According to this parent, the school has not implemented COVID-safe measures,” Fordham said Thursday.
They say that the primary school gives a weekly choir, that they continue with the obligatory mass, students still take communion by hand, and teachers take it with their tongues.
The school administration also shared a handwritten letter from a young student urging for speedy recovery from those affected by the virus
Cleaners enter the school as part of the NSW health protocol to disinfect the building after the virus spreads on campus
‘Last Wednesday there was a food stand at the primary school for secondary school students.’
The outbreak has been linked to a nearby Opus Dei Catholic study center, Eremeran, which has been closed for cleaning after recently taking care of five older schoolgirls.
The school said it has no role in organizing or monitoring visitors at Eremeran, a third-party provider.
Meanwhile, St Vincent’s College in Potts Point became the third independent Catholic school to close after exposure to the virus, with a student testing positive on Thursday.
It joins Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta, which is linked to three businesses, and the Tangara School for Girls.
Both schools will reopen on August 24.
St Vincent’s College (pictured) in Potts Point became the third independent Catholic school to close after exposure to the virus, with a student testing positive on Thursday
New South Wales registered nine new cases in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Thursday, including a third in connection with Liverpool Hospital and a second in connection with Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club.
People in the Catholic Club during certain hours between 7 and 10 August are considered close contacts and must be tested and self-isolated for 14 days.
Anyone who has visited the hospital from August 6-9 is advised to get tested if even mild symptoms appear.
Of the new cases reported Friday, one has been linked to the Tangara school, three are returning travelers in hotel quarantine, and one case has an unknown source.
Police have also imposed a number of new fines on people and sites for violating health regulations.
A teenager who reportedly hit and spat on a bus driver and a 23-year-old woman who reportedly spat on police and paramedics have been fined.
A Balmain hotel has also fined $ 5,000 for hosting a party, while a Victorian couple was fined for not isolating for their ski trip to Perisher.
NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay on Friday increased pressure on the government to make masks mandatory on public transport.
‘People are calling for this. The public wants it, commuters want it, ”she told reporters.
But Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian reiterated earlier that while masks are important, they are a fourth line of defense.
NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay on Friday increased pressure on the government to make masks mandatory on public transport (pictured: a cleaner disinfects the railings on the NSW light rail in Sydney)
She urged people in South West and West Sydney, who are connected to different clusters, to come forward to test and keep their distance.
‘We are concerned that there is community transfer that we have not picked up on in those parts of Sydney and if we don’t, those species or sources that we have not identified could take flight,’ she told Seven’s Sunrise.
Meanwhile, a special NSW investigative report on the fatal disembarkation of the Ruby Princess cruise ship will be handed over to the state government.
The Ruby Princess, which docked in Sydney on March 19, has been linked to hundreds of cases and more than 20 deaths from the coronavirus across Australia.
The Ruby Princess, (pictured), which arrived in Sydney on March 19, has been linked to hundreds of cases and more than 20 deaths from coronavirus across Australia