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Update: Tranby College family cleared after contact with confirmed Coronavirus case

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A Baldivis family who came ill after contact with a confirmed Coronavirus case has been cleared of the virus.

Tranby College principal Dr Clayton Massey sent out a letter on Wednesday, informing students and parents that a child at the school and their parent had returned a negative result after exposure to the virus.

“I am advised that COVID-19 test results related to a Tranby College family have returned negative,” Dr Massey said.


The scare comes after the principal issued a letter to parents on Monday, warning a father, of children at the Arpenteur Drive college, had come into contact with the virus after his work colleague tested positive.

“He and one of his children have both now fallen ill with flu-like symptoms,” Dr Massey wrote.

 “The entire family is now in self-imposed isolation pending test results which are expected early next week.

“The Western Australia Health Department guidelines state that if a student or employee does have COVID-19 symptoms and has had possible exposure to the virus, they should not attend school or work until they have medical confirmation that they do not have the virus.”

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Mr Massey explained that he didn’t want anyone with flu-like symptoms to attend the school. 

“This is our direct advice to all Tranby College families, effective immediately,” he wrote. 

“It is essential that everyone self-isolates at the first sign of flu-like symptoms, and also seeks medical testing.

 “I am now giving direction that anyone with [flu-like] symptoms self-isolates and does not attend the College until they have attended a testing clinic and returned a negative test for the virus. 

“This is an entirely precautionary response, placing student and community wellbeing as our utmost priority.”

According to Western Australia’s department of Health, as of March 9, there have been six confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state including the most recent who attended the Perth Concert Hall at the weekend. 

The woman, in her 70s, was waiting on results when she attended a concert at the venue. 

She later tested positive and is now in isolation. 

Comedian and inspirational speaker Russell Brand cancelled his sold-out show hours before it was due to start on Monday night, amid fears of exposure to the virus. 

“I am not happy with risk for me or for any of you. My apologies, I hope I see you soon,” Mr Brand Tweeted. 

However, Perth Concert Hall told media the venue had been cleaned to the Department of Health’s standard. 

To date, there have been 105,586 confirmed cases of the COVID 19 and 3,584 deaths globally, which has seen widespread panic across the world. 

Across Australia, supermarket shelves have been emptied of toilet paper, rice and hand sanitizer as the mainstream media intensify the reporting of the virus which has resulted in panic buying. 

People have been filmed fighting for products in supermarkets and the elderly have been left scratching their heads in frustration as they miss out on essential items.  

Supermarkets were forced to put restrictions on items with Woolworths putting a two-item limit on toilet paper and hand sanitizer as Coles followed closely behind with a one-item limit per pack of loo roll. 

Shoppers rush to the toilet paper isle of an Australian supermarket. Photo: Clayton Gubbels/Facebook

Health ministers and politicians are warning people not to panic as they work to limit the spread of cases. 

The World Health Organisation outlines the Novel Coronavirus to be a part of a large family of Coronaviruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases which include respiratory issues. 

“The Novel Coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans,” -World Health Organisation. 

“Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans.

“Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.” 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. 

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

The World Health Organisation recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

The public is urged to seek medical attention if anyone symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat and:

  • have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days OR
  • are a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case OR
  • believe you may have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

For more information contact the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 or visit the WA Health Department website. 

Tex Reeks

Freelance video journalist
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