23 November 2021

UPDATED: ACT records 19 new COVID-19 cases; COVID exposure at Burgmann School

| David Murtagh
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COVID testing at Kambah

Long testing queues are being recorded at some ACT Government COVID-19 testing clinics today. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

UPDATED 11 am: The ACT has recorded 19 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday.

A total of 1566 negative tests were received in the 24 hours to 9 am today. There are 186 active cases in the ACT.

Of the Territory’s 12-plus population, 97.3 per cent are now fully vaccinated.

Yesterday, the ACT recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19.

Additional dates of COVID-19 exposure have been listed for the Orana Steiner School. It’s now known the campus was exposed to a COVID-19 case on Thursday, 18 November, and Friday, 18 November.

That school has now been exposed to the virus for nine days.

Overnight, several new casual contact exposure locations were listed online. Once again, these were largely nightlife venues, clubs and bars.

Long testing queues are being recorded at some ACT Government COVID-19 testing clinics. This morning, ACT Health said there was a one hour and 45 minute wait time at the COVID-19 testing clinic at EPIC.

Kambah was also experiencing wait times upwards of 45 minutes while wait times at Garran were only around 10 minutes. Nicholls had only a minimal wait, ACT Health said.

See the COVID-19 website for more details and specific instructions to follow as a close or casual contact.

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In NSW, there are 173 new cases and two deaths.

There are 196 people in hospitals across the state with the virus, 34 of whom are in ICU.

NSW Health said 94.4 per cent of the 16-plus population have had their first dose, and 91.9 per cent have had two doses.

In Victoria, there are 827 new cases and 19 deaths. The Victorian Health Department has said it’s believed not all of these deaths happened yesterday, but there may have been a lag in the reporting.

There are 303 Victorians hospitalised with COVID-19, and 89 per cent of the state’s eligible population (12 and over) is fully vaccinated.

Burgmann Anglican School Forde Campus

Kindergarten and Year 2 students attending the Burgmann Anglican School Forde campus must stay home. Photo: Facebook.

7:30 am: Kindergarten and Year 2 students and staff at the Burgmann Anglican School have been told to stay home by ACT Health after a COVID-positive student was identified at the Forde campus.

The student attended the school on Friday, 19 November, and Monday, 22 November.

The Junior School campus at Forde for Kindergarten and Year 2 students will be closed until further notice.

ACT Health is undertaking contact tracing. Anyone who is believed to have contact with the student will be notified today (23 November) with instructions regarding testing and quarantine.

Students and staff are unable to attend school while in quarantine.

If ACT Health does not contact you, you do not need to test and quarantine; however, anyone with COVID symptoms – fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or taste, runny or blocked nose – must not attend the school and get tested immediately.

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