Positive COVID-19 case at Ainslie School the first week back in class | Canberra Times


A positive case of COVID-19 has sent a public school in Canberra into isolation in the first week of face-to-face teaching. Ainslie School’s parents were informed on Thursday afternoon that a confirmed case visited the school’s campus on Monday 25 October from 9.00 to 15.00 and Tuesday 26 October from kl. 9.00 to 12.05. The ACT conducted a risk assessment and contact tracing to determine which individuals were exposed to the virus. Meanwhile, everyone who attended the venue at the time of exposure has been asked to stay home until they get further advice on Friday. “A further update will be given to the school community tomorrow (Friday, October 29) to advise when the risk assessment is completed,” the letter said. “If you dropped your child off at Ainslie School and did not enter the premises, you are not considered to have attended school and do not have to stay home.” The positive case comes in the same week that kindergarten, kindergarten, 1-, 2-, 6-, 9- and 10 students were allowed to return to campus after Canberra’s closure. READ MORE: On Thursday, ACT reported eight new cases over the course of 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday. There were 10 people hospitalized with the virus, seven of whom were in intensive care, five of whom needed ventilation. The new cases bring the active total to 258, while the number of cases associated with this outbreak is now at 1625. Meanwhile, the percentage of the eligible population now fully vaccinated has reached 91.4 per cent. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, sign up here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:


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