Information about Coronavirus

Update 5:30pm Friday 07/02/2020

This afternoon it has been confirmed by the Australian Government that the NT will host approximately 280 Australians who are being evacuated from China.

The Australian Government has selected the Manigurr-ma accommodation village at Howard Springs because the quarantine accommodation on Christmas Island is at capacity.

The attached fact sheet and below update are to be provided to students, families and staff:

The people who are coming are healthy and have no symptoms but will go into the village for the required 14-day quarantine period as a precautionary measure. 

They have been tested by Australian health officials in China and will be monitored throughout their journey to Australia on the flight and checked again when they arrive.

Their plane will arrive tomorrow, 8 February into RAAF Base Darwin side of the Darwin Airport and be met by Australian Border force, AUSMAT and the Australian Defence Force.

Anyone who is unwell upon arrival will go directly to hospital for further assessment and treatment.  All staff interacting with these people will be wearing appropriate protective equipment and will avoid any direct contact.

While at the village these people will be subject to strict medical screening throughout their stay and will not be permitted to leave the site during their quarantine period; they will not be mixing in the community and there is no risk to the public.

The food, laundry, recreational facilities and daily operations at the village will all be managed by the Australian Government personnel.

The virus is spread only through close contact – not through mosquito bites and not through the air. That means any neighbouring residences will not be affected. 

For the latest national updates please visit health.gov.au

You can also contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

I acknowledge that some schools and early childhood service providers are fielding enquiries around the Coronavirus situation. I ask you to remain calm and calculated in your response ensuring that you provide the facts and advice that is being issued from the Australian Government which is coming from a team of expert health practitioners.

It is important to highlight that there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the Northern Territory.

Further advice

Please see the latest updates through on the Australian Government of Health website –   https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources or contact the Australian Coronavirus Information Line 1800 020 080.

Kind regards,

Vicki Baylis
Chief Executive
Department of Education
Northern Territory Government

Update 1:30pm Monday 03/02/2020

Please find attached updated fact sheet (Version 4) for families.

The main difference in the fact sheet is that further clarity has been provided around who can and who can not attend schools and early childhood centres has been provided – see excerpt from attached fact sheets below.

Can my child attend School or Early Childhood Centres?

In the following scenarios your child can not attend school or early childhood centres:

  • If your child has travelled from Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself and child until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If your child has left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself and child until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you and your child must isolate yourself for 14 days after last contact with the confirmed case.

In the following scenarios your child can attend your school or early childhood centres:

  • Students who have travelled from other provinces of mainland China (and have not been in Hubei province) who arrived prior to 1 February 2020.
  • Students who have only been to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

By way of example,

  • if someone left the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province on 22 January 2020 he/she is required to isolate until 6 February 2020.
  • if someone left Shanghai on 28 January 2020 and comes to Australia via another country on 3 February 2020, he/she would not be required to isolate (as he/she left China before 1 February 2020).
  • If someone left Beijing on 3 February 2020 and arrived in Australia the same day, he/she would be required to isolate for 14 days, until 17 February 2020.

If you or your child develop symptoms (listed below) within 14 days of leaving anywhere in mainland China or within 14 days of last contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you should arrange to see your usual doctor for urgent assessment. You should telephone the health clinic or hospital before you arrive and tell them of your travel history or that you have been in contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus. Your doctor will liaise with Public Health authorities to manage your care. You must then remain isolated either in your home or a healthcare setting until Public Health authorities inform you that it is safe for you to return to your usual activities.

Further advice

Further information is available at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources or Australian Coronavirus Information Line 1800 020 080.

You can also download a general information fact sheet which is in simplified Chinese to further support students and families.

Update 3.30pm Sunday 02/02/2020

Attached is the latest information from the Australian Government Department of Health in regards to the Coronavirus for parents.

Update 4pm Saturday 01/02/2020

The latest update on the Coronavirus situation is below:

  • There are no confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus in the NT.
  • Three suspected cases in the Northern Territory have been tested, and on Saturday afternoon (1 February) returned negative results.

Current advice from Australian Health Protection Principal Committee

  • On Saturday 1 February, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) upgraded its novel Coronavirus advice.
  • All travellers who have been to any part of mainland China within the last 14 days are advised to self-isolate (stay at home) until the 14 day-mark is reached (ie, if you returned a week ago, isolate yourself for a week).
  • Ring the Australian Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080 for advice.

NT-specific advice – provided from Northern Territory Department of Health

  • If you develop flu-like symptoms while you are self-isolated, contact the Top End Health Service Public Health Unit on 8922 8044.
  • If your symptoms develop you should contact the Emergency Department 8922 8888 who will make arrangements for your transport.
  • If you become very unwell and are experiencing distress, contact 000 for an ambulance.
  • It is very important that you provide your travel history as a priority when seeking any medical advice or attention.
  • Residents and visitors are advised to remain alert, but not alarmed. The novel Coronavirus has a low infection rate of 1.9. This compares with rates of 10 for influenza and 13 for measles.
  • There is no need for members of the public to use masks, unless they have had contact with a confirmed case.

Updates are being posted on the SecureNT Facebook page and we will continue to provide you with updates as they come to hand.

Update 3pm Friday 31/01/2020

Dear Parents/Families

Re: Coronavirus

The Australian Government Department of Health has issued advice that all travellers who have recently returned from Hubei province in China, or who have had contact with someone who has a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus, must stay isolated at home for 14 days, other than for seeking individual medical advice.

If you or your child/ren have returned from other parts of China, which is considered low risk, they may attend school and should not be excluded.
Please be assured this continues to be a precautionary measure and the Department of Education is continuing to receive advice from the Federal Government and the team of qualified health practitioners who are managing this situation.

If you or your child/ren are experiencing fever, sweats or chills, or other flu-like symptoms, please see your doctor. Additionally, if you or your child/ren have recently returned from Hubei province in China, please advise me on 8927 4022.

For the latest information: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

Yours sincerely


Leah Crockford
Principal
31 January 2020

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