Schools to be cleaned after coronavirus link

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By Alesha Capone and Goya Dmytryshchak

A school in Wyndham has been closed for cleaning after being linked to new cases of the coronavirus.

Al-Taqwa College in Truganina has been closed for cleaning after being linked to the new cases, in addition to five other schools across Melbourne, which are: Queen of Peace Parish Primary in Altona Meadows, Aitken Hill Primary School in Craigieburn, Maribyrnong College, Fitzroy High School and Port Phillip Specialist School.

Parents of Queen of Peace Parish Primary School in Altona Meadows posted on social media communication they had received relating to a student who tested positive for COVID-19.

“The Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) has confirmed that a year 6 Queen of Peace student who last attended school on the 18th of June has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19),” it said.

“Following advice from DHSS and Catholic Education Melbourne (ECM), Queen of Peace Parish Primary School is currently closed.

“This closure will allow time for the school and DHHS to undertake a full risk assessment and appropriate cleaning of the school site to occur on the recommendation of DHHS.

“Close contacts of the students will be notified by DHHS and supported to ensure they understand what actions to take.

“Students are advised to remain at home while contact tracing occurs. They must limit movements to home-based activities and not attend public places.”

The communication said the church was not affected by the cleaning closure and Sunday mass had proceeded.

In addition, a new case has been linked to the outbreak at the Coles Chilled Distribution Centre in Laverton, taking the total number of cases at the centre to four.

The original worker diagnosed with the case worked three days while infectious and further contact tracing is underway.

The cases at Coles are part of the Keilor Downs family outbreak, which has 21 identified cases.

As of Sunday, there have been 63 coronavirus cases recorded in Wyndham residents, including five active cases.