January 30, 2020

 

Novel coronavirus is a virus that was recently identified in China.  The Education and Care Unit are receiving regular advice from the Tasmanian Department of Health about the virus and implications for education and care services.

The Education and Care Unit recommends the following for children and staff:

  • Those who have come into close contact with the coronavirus should not attend an education and care service and remain in their homes for 14 days following exposure; and
  • Those who have recently visited Hubei Province in China should not attend an education and care service and remain in their homes for 14 days after departure.

The Australian Government has advised that there is no cause for alarm and the risk to the public is currently low.  At this time there are no confirmed cases in Tasmania.

Australian border control and public health measures are in place to identify any person arriving in Australia from China who develops novel coronavirus infection to prevent further spread.

There is important advice for education and care services and parents from the Commonwealth Health Department. Australian health authorities are monitoring the situation daily and this advice may change.

If you have any specific concerns relating to particular children/staff or scenarios contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738

All providers and services are encouraged to ensure appropriate safety measures are undertaken.

Please continue to monitor the Department of Health website for further information: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov