|A small number of novel coronavirus cases have been confirmed in NSW.|
In accordance with national public health guidelines, children and staff should not attend early childhood education and care services if they have been:Confirmed with novel coronavirus – exclude until medically cleared.In close contact with someone confirmed with novel coronavirus – exclude for 14 days since the last contact with the confirmed case.
Children and staff who have recently returned from overseas and are well, and are not in close contact with a confirmed case, are able to go to work or attend early childhood education and care services as normal.
Close contact is defined as:Living in the same household with a person with confirmed coronavirus.15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus in any setting.Sharing a closed space with a person with confirmed coronavirus for more than 2 hours.
The Ministry of Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia. Advice about not attending early childhood education and care services would be provided to these close contacts by the Ministry of Health.
|“Consistent with current guidelines, staff and children who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve.|
If a staff member or child, develops a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of returning to Australia from Hubei Province in China, please ensure:The child or staff member is immediately isolated from other people.Infection Control guidelines are followed. If available, a mask is provided to the child or staff member.The parent or carer is contacted and advised to make arrangements to phone their GP or take the child to their usual emergency department as soon as possible.
Similar arrangements should be put in place for staff members.
Remind the parent or carer to phone ahead so that ideally they can speak to the doctor so the practice can make appropriate preparations to protect others. The doctor can assess the situation and may recommend the person attend a nearby emergency department. If so call ahead before attending the emergency department.
Contact should be made with the local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 to provide details so that the Public Health Unit can follow up as necessary.
Factsheets and FAQs about the coronavirus are available on the NSW Health website.”
– Tuesday 28 Jan, 2020