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Childcare Centre Closes While Awaiting COVID-19 Results

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The Learning Sanctuary in Yarraville in Melbourne's inner-west was closed on Wednesday after two children, from the same family, were tested for the coronavirus.

Update 01/05/2020: 

Two children who prompted the shutdown of a childcare centre this week after they were feared to have COVID-19 have tested negative to the virus.

The Learning Sanctuary Yarraville confirmed the children, who are from the same family, had been cleared this afternoon.

“The Learning Sanctuary Yarraville has today been notified by the Victorian Public Health Unit that two children from the same family who attended the Centre were tested and confirmed not to have novel coronavirus (COVID-19),” a statement from the centre read.

A statement from the Learning Sanctuary said.

"The individuals have been tested and are awaiting test results. They have not attended the centre since late last week. As per the advice of the public health unit, the centre is required to close for the remainder of today (Wednesday) and tomorrow until the results have been received.
The centre will be undergoing a professional-grade hygienic clean during this period and while there is currently no requirement to self-isolate, the public health unit has advised that all children, team members and family members who have any COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough, sore throat or fever should have precautionary testing for COVID-19. "If symptoms are present we recommended seeking immediate professional medical guidance. The health and safety of all children in our care and all team members remain our highest priority and we will continue to keep everyone fully informed of any developments. We will continue to work closely and follow directions given by the public health unit and ensure the highest standards of hygiene and safety are maintained."

Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the centre would be closed for 48 hours.

"We are aware of the possibility of coronavirus cases associated with a childcare centre in Yarraville. This is entirely precautionary, as we are waiting for test results to come back but there's a suspicion [of coronavirus] because those being tested are displaying symptoms.” he spokesman said.t

Reference:
"Childcare Centre Shuts As Two Children Await Results Of Virus Tests", The Age. 29 April 2020
"Two Children Test Negative For Coronavirus After Prompting Childcare Centre Shutdown", Herald Sun. 01 May 2020

Last modified on Friday, May 1, 2020
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