Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton today said the return to school across Melbourne’s 10 lockdown postcodes was being reviewed on a daily basis, as several positive virus cases continue to emerge among students and teachers.
Among the new cases, two cases were linked to the outbreak at Al-Taqwa College, five were linked to Albanvale Primary School – including three students, a teacher and a close contact and one case was a student linked to the Springside Primary School outbreak.
“It will certainly be reviewed on a day-to-day basis,” Professor Sutton said.
“I will give as much notice as I can around the resumption of school in those restricted postcodes.
“I think the expectation is that schools will return.
“I want to see both that we’re turning transmission around, but also that we don’t have such levels of community transmission with students becoming infected that our resourcing is all focused-on response to cases in schools, because we do need to focus our activity on all of the transmission across the community.”
The positive cases follow a string of virus outbreaks among Melbourne schools, with Professor Sutton admitting there had been some virus transmission within schools.
“There has been some student-to-student transmission and also teacher-to-teacher transmission at some schools,” he said.
“Again, when there’s a heavy load of community transmission more students are getting infected.”
Sunbury College has closed for three days from today after a student tested positive to COVID-19.
In a letter to families and staff, Principal Darryn Kruse said students and staff were requested to remain at home while contact tracing occurs.
“This closure will allow time for the school and DHHS to undertake a full risk assessment,” Mr Kruse said.
“This closure will allow appropriate cleaning of the school site to occur. We wish the student a speedy recovery.”
Other new virus cases in Victoria:
- One is linked to the Stamford Plaza outbreak, bringing the total to 32. This case was a close contact and tested while in quarantine.
- One is linked to the Wollert outbreak, a close contact of a known case, bringing the total to 15.
- One is linked a Patterson Lakes/Lysterfield family outbreak, a close contact of a known case, bringing the total to 10.
- One is linked to Villa Bambini in Essendon, a close contact of a known case, bringing the total to two.
- One is linked to a new family outbreak in Roxburgh Park across at least eight households. Investigations in recent days have linked a total of 20 cases to this outbreak.
About 87 outbreaks have been identified in Victoria. There are now 20 patients in hospital, including four in intensive care, as well as 415 active cases of COVID-19 in the state.