The St Vincent’s College school in Sydney at Potts Point closes after the student tests positive for COVID-19
Sydney private school costing over $ 21,000 a year will close after student tests positive for COVID-19
Another independent Catholic school in Sydney closed after a student tested positive for COVID-19.
St Vincent’s College in Potts Point was closed on Friday for cleaning and to allow health authorities to contact Trace after a student tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday.
It is the third independent Catholic school to close after being exposed to the virus. Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta was closed until August 24 after three cases were associated with the high school.
The Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook will also remain closed until August 24, with the COVID-19 outbreak reaching 19 people as the source has not yet been confirmed.
However, the outbreak has been linked to a nearby Opus Dei Catholic study center, Eremeran, which has closed for cleaning after recently taking care of five older schoolgirls.
The state recorded its first COVID-19 death since August 1 on Thursday after a Sydney woman in her 80’s associated with the Our Lady of Lebanon Church cluster died.
The older woman was the 53rd coronavirus death in NSW so far, coming when the state registered 12 new virus cases in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
NSW Health has also briefed on a new public health alert for Liverpool Hospital and Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, confirming a third hospital staff with the virus and a second case confirmed at the club.
Contact tracing is underway and the individuals involved are in isolation.
People attending the Catholic Club at certain times between August 7 and August 10 are considered close contacts and must undergo testing and isolation for 14 days.
People who have visited the hospital between August 6-9 are advised to monitor for symptoms and get tested if even mild symptoms occur.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian reiterated that while masks are important in reducing the spread of COVID-19, they are a fourth line of defense.
She urged people in southwest and west Sydney, who are connected to different clusters, to come forward to test and maintain social distance.
“We are concerned that there is community transfer that we have not picked up 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 program on Friday.
She also noted health advice this week that people are more likely to get COVID-19 from someone they know.
Meanwhile, a special commission of inquiry from NSW over the ill-fated 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.