Students and staff at Ballarat Clarendon College to quarantine after family member contracts COVID-19

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An entire school community in regional Victoria has been asked to self-isolate for at least 48 hours after a student’s family member tested positive for COVID-19.

In an email to parents, Ballarat Clarendon College Principal David Shepherd confirmed a family member of a senior student had returned a positive result on Friday morning.

“We will provide information to our community as required and as directed as soon as it becomes available,” Sheppard said.

“It is our collective responsibility to follow the advice and guidance of health experts.

Ballarat Clarendon College. File image. Credit: Facebook

“This is obviously an unsettling time for us all but particularly the Clarendon family as they navigate the next few days.”

In a follow up letter, any student, staff member, worker or visitor who attended any Clarendon campus campus at any time between Tuesday July 13 and Friday July 16 was advised to quarantine for 48 hours.

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‘You should STOP what you are doing now, go directly home and STAY home.’

“Given the speed with which the Delta variant is moving from person to person, anyone associated with the school and their household is asked to quarantine for 48 hours in the first instance,” Shepherd said.

“This means that you should STOP what you are doing now, go directly home and STAY home from now until further notice.

“Your actions will help keep the school community, friends, extended family and the wider community safe.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announces a statewide lockdown.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announces a statewide lockdown. Credit: LUIS ASCUI/AAPIMAGE

Victoria recorded 10 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the first day of a statewide five-day lockdown.

There are now 24 cases associated with the outbreak, which originated in New South Wales.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the state was dealing with at least 126 exposure sites, with 1500 primary close contacts and 5000 secondary contacts self-isolating, but was adamant Victoria will “crush” the outbreak.

“I am absolutely certain that Victorians will rise to the challenge as we have done before. We will get ahead of this,” he said.

The rules applied during last month’s lockdown were reimposed overnight, including the five reasons to leave home, a 5km travel limit for exercise and shopping and compulsory mask-wearing indoors and outdoors.

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