Coronavirus closes school as state's promising streak ends

NSW’s two-week streak of no new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases has ended after Rose Bay Public School in Sydney's harbourside east was closed on Friday to investigate a possible case in a staff member.

"Further testing confirmed this is a case of COVID-19," the department said in the evening.

The infected staff member worked at the before and after school care and authorities are still trying to find the source of the infection.

"However, it should be stressed that the date of infection is still to be determined and this case may be an older infection," NSW Health said.

The infected staff member worked at the before and after care centre at Rose Bay Public School. Source: Google Maps

Nevertheless, close contacts are being identified and told to self-isolate and the school will be closed again on Monday for deep cleaning and contact tracing.

Students will continue classes from home.

“It should be noted that the case interview has determined this person did not attend any recent mass gathering, including protests,” NSW Health confirmed.

It is the third time an eastern suburbs school has been shut due to coronavirus since NSW schools reopened full-time on May 25.

At the time NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was the “new normal”.

“It will happen again,” she said.

“We have 3,000 schools across the state, the vast majority of them in the public school system, It means we have to be prepared for this to happen again. 

“We have to get used to making sure all the schools have the guidelines and equipment in place as it happens so we can minimise the spread and make sure everyone is protected.”

The state otherwise reported three new cases on Friday – two in travellers in hotel quarantine and a previous case stemming from the Greg Mortimer cruise ship off the coast of South America.

NSW Health says there have been 3115 cases to date. No one is currently in intensive care.

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell announced on Friday that school sports could resume from the start of Term 3 in late July.

with AAP

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