SA Health has changed its advice to us in relation to Novel Coronavirus after the Federal Government issued an updated alert late yesterday.
The updated advice is that:
- Students/children and staff who have travelled to Hubei Province in the last 14 days should not attend school/preschool and isolate themselves in their homes for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province.
- Students/children and staff who have travelled to mainland China, not including Hubei Province, are able to return to school/preschool unless they are contacts of a confirmed case, or they have symptoms consistent with the virus.
- All students and staff who have travelled to mainland China should monitor themselves for the 14 days from their departure from mainland China for symptoms of Coronavirus.
Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and sore throat. People who have travelled to China and have these symptoms should see a doctor or attend a hospital and call ahead so they can prepare.
The latest information is available on the Australian Government Department of Health website. www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
The South Australian Department for Education has indicated that it and SA Health will be providing us with further information as necessary, including advising us if there are any known specific risks to our school community.
PS: I had to assure students today that they could not catch the virus from eating Chinese food so it may be a good idea, where appropriate, to have a conversation with your children about the spread of viruses.