Dr Anthea Katelaris is the NSW Health Public Health Registrar and was engaged in assessing the instance at St Patrick’s Dundas. She has done an assessment of the CSDA event hosted by St Augustine’s’ College on Friday evening, 6 March, the potential exposure and the operation, including venues. She has made the conclusions below.

After reviewing the timeline of events at the Public Speaking competition on Friday, we are comfortable with saying that no attendees at the event would meet our definition of ‘close’ or high-risk contacts of the cases. All attendees at the event would be considered ‘casual’ or lower-risk contacts. A casual contact is someone who has been face-to-face for less than 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for less than 2 hours, as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 when that person was infectious. This would be the case for attendees at the event on Friday. 

Casual contacts are required to monitor their health for 14 days. If they become unwell, they should isolate themselves, seek medical review, and be tested for COVID-19. Casual contacts are not required to self-isolate at home.

More information for casual contacts, including a contact number, is available in the following link - https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/novel-coronavirus-casual-contact.aspx 

Some general information about coronavirus from NSW Health is available at - https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx

Some schools may decide to implement alternative management, but the advice as per the NSW Health Guidelines is as above.”

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