ACT Health has confirmed an additional 1134 new COVID-19 infections overnight as schools continue to turn to remote learning to manage staff shortages exacerbated by the pandemic.
Year 7 and 8 students at Harrison School have joined their peers in Years 1 to 4 in learning remotely for the rest of the week.
The change means there are more students at that school at home than on campus.
Students will finish remote learning today, but as tomorrow is a school planning day, they won’t be back on campus until Monday (27 June).
All students at Macgregor Primary School are also at home for the remainder of the week, and a school planning day is scheduled for tomorrow.
Students in K to 2 at Mount Rogers Primary School, Years 1 and 2 at Isabella Plains Primary School, Years 7 and 8 at Caroline Chisholm School and Years 3 to 6 at Florey Primary School will also return to campus next week after completing their period of remote learning.
Finally, Years 5 to 8 at Amaroo School will be at home until next Tuesday (28 June). This period includes a school planning day tomorrow (24 June).
The Federal Government yesterday launched an $11 million six-week campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated for both COVID-19 and influenza.
Health Minister Mark Butler said this is the first time there is a double threat of significant community transmission of both COVID-19 and influenza.
“This winter, we have the threat of significant transmission of both COVID-19 and influenza – and already we are seeing increased numbers of people seeking treatment for respiratory illness from health professionals and hospitals,” he said.
“It can take up to two weeks for the flu and COVID-19 vaccines to provide maximum protection, so it is important you don’t delay making any vaccination appointment.”
The oral treatments Lagevrio and Paxlovid are now available at pharmacies for people who contract COVID-19.
With the 1134 (645 PCR and 489 RAT) cases recorded overnight, there are now 5684 (3030 PCR and 2654 RAT) active infections in the Territory.
A total of 150,123 (90,387 PCR and 59,736 RAT) COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020.
Yesterday, the ACT reported 1085 new COVID-19 infections.
There are now 88 people hospitalised with the virus. Of these, one person is in the ICU but no one requires ventilation.
The double-dose vaccination rate for the ACT’s five-plus population remains 97.3 per cent and 77.1 per cent of residents aged 16 and older have received a booster.
Of ACT residents aged five to 11, 68.8 per cent have received two doses of vaccine.
Interstate, NSW has reported 26 deaths overnight and 9203 new cases of COVID-19.
There are now 1500 people in hospital with the virus and 53 people in ICUs around the state.
Victoria has reported nine deaths overnight and 7461 cases of COVID-19.
There are now 411 people hospitalised with the virus, while 23 patients are in the state’s intensive care unit.