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Cautionary Steps in Response to Coronavirus

novel coronavirus 2019 ncov resources - Department of HealthIn the unlikely event that such measures are required, Riverside ESC has informed parents and carers of children who may have been exposed to Novel Coronavirus about precautionary practices that will be implemented, if necessary. An information letter, issued under guidance from the Department of Education, was sent to families at the end of last week.

The letter states: "Students who have been in Hubei Province in China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province, other than for seeking medical care. They are not able to attend the school, school events, day care centres or redidential colleges. This also applies to parents/carers, contractors, visitors or volunteers or any other person on school sites or at events associated with the school." 

Furthermore, the same guidance and restrictions apply to travellers passing through or from other parts of mainland China.

The full transcript of the message to families is available as a pdf file - Coronavirus Communication to Families.

The Department of Health has also made available an Information Bulletin for Parents: click here. The Department of Health continues to monitor and provide updates about the virus.

What is this coronavirus? (source: https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/02/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-what-you-need-to-know_2.pdf)

Coronaviruses can make humans and animals sick. Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases, including Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

The virus originating in Hubei Province, China, is called ‘novel’ because it is new. It had not been detected before this outbreak.

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