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Health authorities assign ‘tried and true process’ to Waverley school exposure

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A student of St Charles’ Catholic Primary School in Waverley has tested positive to COVID-19, their infection currently unlinked to existing cases.

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty told Jim Wilson testing is being arranged for fellow pupils at the school.

“We’ve got a tried and true process that we do a lot with school authorities over the last year or so, where we work through who might’ve been a close contact … and do it systematically.”

Dr McAnulty said while the link has not been confirmed, the case’s proximity to the heart of the cluster at Bondi gives authorities some confidence.

“It’s a bit of painstaking work sometimes.”

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University of Sydney infectious diseases expert Professor Robert Booy told Jim Wilson the child’s case isn’t as concerning as one might assume.

“Primary school students are actually pretty low risk – they catch COVID at a much lower rate and if they do catch it, they get minimal symptoms most of the time.

“They’re also less likely to transmit.

“I’m not alarmed by a primary school child having an infection, other than the fact that we don’t know the chain of transmission.”

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