NSW school closes after coronavirus case confirmed

A NSW high school has been closed after a member of the school community tested positive for the coronavirus.

Katoomba High School, located in the Blue Mountains region, announced on Facebook late Thursday night the school would be “non-operational” on Friday.

“A member of the school community has returned a positive test for COVID-19,” the school said in the Facebook post.

It was not specified whether the individual was a student or staff member.

The school cited NSW Health needed time to “conduct their contact tracing process” as the reason for the closure.

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Katoomba High School, in the Blue Mountains region, has been closed. Source: Google Maps, file

Students and teachers are being told to self-isolate over the next few days in accordance with NSW Health advice and while the contact tracing process is finalised.

“Staff and students will be contacted and advised if they can resume school as normal on Monday, 16 March 2020 or if a further quarantine period will be required,” Katoomba High School.

According to a staff member from the school who posted under the announcement, an email was sent to parents and carers, and the community would be kept up-to-date as the situation unfolded.

But concerned parents replied, saying they were yet to receive an email.

The news comes as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian prepares to meet with her state and territory counterparts to discuss the possibility of mass closures of schools, universities and large events.

Ms Berejiklian has encouraged residents to stay home if they feel unwell, but she has reiterated there is no reason to panic.

"There's no need to panic, to massively change what you're doing, but it's not business as usual," she said.

The latest information from NSW Health shows there are 78 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state.

-with AAP

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