Coronavirus alert for multiple Sydney venues, with Tangara School for Girls closed for two weeks

| 09.08,20. 04:18 PM |

Coronavirus alert for multiple Sydney venues, with Tangara School for Girls closed for two weeks

Tangara School for Girls has been closed for two weeks after two COVID-19 cases.(Supplied)

A Sydney secondary school has closed for two weeks and all students have been told to self-isolate after two of them were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Health authorities have this weekend issued warnings about a fresh clutch of public spaces under scrutiny across Sydney after links to confirmed cases.

Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook in Sydney's north-west reported a second coronavirus case yesterday after the first case was reported on Friday.

The case from Friday is under investigation with no known source.

The school will now be closed for onsite learning until Monday, August 24.

NSW Health says all students must be tested as soon as possible and remain isolated, even if a negative test is returned.

Ten new cases have been reported in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.

Seven were close contacts of known cases, including one member of a household of a Tangara student.

Two cases are under investigation.

Another case is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

NSW Health conducted 31,681 tests during the last reporting period, up from 24,421 the day before.

There have now been 3,672 confirmed cases in the state.

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NSW Health has reiterated warnings over cases "circulating in the community", with nine cases over the past week not linked to known cases.

People who attended a service at St Agatha's Church in Pennant Hills on Wednesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 6 have been told to watch for symptoms after confirmation a case attended mass.

One of the cases reported in today's figures attended from 6:30am to 7:00am on both days before showing symptoms of the virus.

It is believed the infected person who attended services was a household contact of one of the Tangara students.

An alert was issued last night for Bunnings in Campbelltown after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The health authority said the employee wore a mask and practised social distancing, but customers who attended the store at the same time should monitor for symptoms.

The shift times were Tuesday, August 2 from 11:00am to 7:00pm; Wednesday, August 5 from 8:00am to 1:00pm; and Thursday, August 6 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Other densely populated places reporting COVID-19 cases over the weekend are Hornsby Hospital on Sydney's Upper North Shore, where a staff member worked in the emergency department while infected.

The staff member worked Thursday, August 6 from 11:00am to midnight.

NSW Health says the healthcare worker is a household contact of another confirmed case.

The staff member was wearing a mask at all times in contact with patients and there is no impact on the emergency department, authorities said.

Year 12 students at Tangara will start remote learning on Tuesday and will be advised tomorrow about their trial HSC exams.

All other students will commence home learning on Wednesday.

The junior school campus will also be closed until August 21, aside from students whose parents are unable to accommodate remote learning.

Principal Rita Sakr said the wellbeing of staff and students was of "paramount" importance.

"It is a very important time for the Tangara community and it is important that we stay positive and unified in the days ahead," she said.

Elsewhere, Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta will be closed tomorrow for cleaning and contract tracing after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

Principal Marie Wood says it is working with NSW Health on advice for close contacts.

"Students and staff must self-isolate until receiving further advice from NSW Health or communication from the school," she said.


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