Novel Coronavirus Updates

2 Febuary 2020
Dear Parents,

This is an update that may affect some families. As with previous advice, it applies to both Laburnum Primary School and Laburnum OSHClub.

We have received an update on the advice sent to families on 30 January.

As of 1 February 2020, the case definition for a person suspected to have contracted novel coronavirus has been expanded. Any person who has an acute respiratory infection and has been in mainland China or has had close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the 14 days prior to onset of illness should be tested for the infection.

  • As a precaution, people who have been in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) are advised to self-isolate if they were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020, when the risk of human to human transmission across many provinces of mainland China was identified to have significantly increased.
  • If a person who has been in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 begins to feel unwell and develop shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness during the 14 days since they were last in mainland China, they should seek medical attention. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention your travel to mainland China.
  • The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions and has advised that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia. The Australian Government has also recommended that Australians should not travel to mainland China at the current time.

Thank you to those families who have communicated their decisions to self-isolate their children due to travel to other parts of China, or strong feelings about reducing any risk. 

Any further updates on Coronavirus, if needed, will be sent to families by email as our preferred communication tool during this time.


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