15 June 2022

COVID-19 cases jump to almost 1000 again; hospitalisations hit a new record

| Lottie Twyford
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Woden School

Senior students at the Woden School are learning from home for the rest of the week as teacher shortages continue to make keeping all students on campus impossible. Photo: Google Maps.

Two more ACT public schools have decided to send some students home to learn remotely as COVID-19 continues to disrupt the Territory’s education sector.

The latest move comes as the ACT recorded 983 new COVID-19 infections in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday.

It’s the highest daily caseload since 26 May when 911 new infections were recorded.

Hospitalisations have also hit a record high of 97.

Senior students (Year 11 and 12) at the Woden School will now learn from home from today for the remainder of the week.

They will be joined by their peers in Years 5 and 6 at Giralang Primary School who will spend five days learning remotely before returning to school on 22 June.

Three other ACT public schools are also employing temporary remote learning to manage teacher absences.

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Year 9 and 10 students at Gold Creek School will learn from home until tomorrow (15 June).

Their peers in Years 9 and 10 at Namadgi School will also learn from home for the rest of this week (until Friday, 17 June) after remote learning was extended for that group.

Students in P to K at Southern Cross Early Childhood School will also be at home for the rest of this week.

Students in Year 5 and 6 at Harrison Primary School and Year 3 at Amaroo School headed back to campus today after three days of learning from home.

Years 3 to 6 at Fraser Primary School are done with their remote learning but won’t be back to campus until tomorrow as that school has a school staff planning today.

In the week ending Sunday, 12 June, 519 cases of COVID-19 were reported in 72 ACT public schools (years K-12), according to the ACT Education Directorate.

This is an increase from the previous week (ending Sunday, 5 June) when 474 cases of COVID-19 were reported in 69 public schools.

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The 983 (471 PCR and 512 RAT) cases recorded overnight take the total number of active infections in the Territory to 4418 (2236 PCR and 2182 RAT).

A total of 142,629 (86,273 PCR and 56,356 RAT) COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Yesterday, 633 new cases of COVID-19 were reported.

Of the 97 people now hospitalised with the virus, two are in the ICU and one requires ventilation.

Yesterday, 93 people were hospitalised with the virus, three were in ICU and one required intensive care.

The double-dose vaccination rate for the ACT’s five-plus population remains 97.3 per cent and 76.9 per cent of residents aged 16 and older have received a booster.

Of ACT residents aged five to 11, 68.5 per cent have received two doses of vaccine.

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Interstate, NSW has reported 14 deaths overnight and 7260 new cases of COVID-19.

There are now 1355 people in hospital with the virus and 42 people in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has reported 18 deaths overnight and 8687 cases of COVID-19.

There are now 476 people hospitalised with the virus, while 35 patients are in the state’s intensive care unit.

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