Seven COVID outbreaks declared in Tasmanian schools spanning public, Catholic and independent sectors | the lawyer

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Outbreaks of COVID-19 have been declared in seven schools in Tasmania within a week of students returning to class, Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff said. Outbreaks are declared when five or more cases are detected in a single “learning environment” in seven days, and prompt immediate testing of all staff and students in the classroom. Quarantine is only required if symptomatic or positive, and testing is done even two to three days. There are five schools with outbreaks in the North and North West, and two in the South. They cover all three sectors of education: public, Catholic and independent, and include a boarding school. IN OTHER NEWS The majority of schools in Tasmania returned last Wednesday, February 9. An update on teacher vaccinations was also provided on Tuesday morning. Mr Rockliff said there were 57 unvaccinated teachers in public schools and 98.9 per cent vaccinated. Mr Rockliff also confirmed that the Australian Defense Force had been called in to help at three aged care facilities in Tasmania due to COVID outbreaks. A total of five facilities have ongoing outbreaks. Mr Rockliff said that assistance was on the way and would last for a week. “It’s not clinical, it’s general support. A huge amount of work is being done to support our aged care facilities,” he said. “It is important that where there is an identified need, such as the circumstances, that this help and support is provided.” The aged care sector and trade unions generally supported the Commonwealth’s decision to use ADF resources to help facilities that have outbreaks, if assistance was requested. Tasmania recorded 513 new cases on Tuesday morning, down from 408 the previous day. There are 3,033 active cases, while hospitalizations remained steady at 10 – seven specifically for COVID – and one person in intensive care. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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