Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Factsheet

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From the Department of Education and Training:

As you may be aware, the situation regarding the emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus has continued to evolve.
 
The Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer have recommended a stronger precautionary approach to managing coronavirus for travellers returned from Hubei province.
This recommendation is that returning students self-isolate at home and should not attend their TAFE or registered training provider for 14 days:
 
 following exposure to any confirmed novel coronavirus case; or
 after leaving Hubei Province.
 
This same advice applies to any staff who have returned or are returning from Hubei province.
 
The Chief Health Officer’s current advice is that staff and students do not need to be isolated at home if they have recently travelled in other parts of China or other countries and are not showing any symptoms of the virus.
 
If you think a student or staff member is showing relevant symptoms, please advise the student or staff member to call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to discuss further actions on 1300 651 160.
 
TAFEs and training providers should inform their staff and students of this new advice by providing a copy of the factsheet available here through your communication channels. Translated versions of the factsheet will also be available shortly.
 
Additional advice and information on the steps to take can be found on the coronavirus web page, which also includes advice on:
 
 maintaining good health hygiene at your service
 health promotion posters and materials
 information, resources and contacts related to coronavirus.
 
Your details will be dealt with in accordance with the Public Records Act 1973 and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. Should you have any queries or wish to gain access to your personal information held by this department please contact our Privacy Officer at the above address.
 
Thank you for your continued support and work to ensure the health and wellbeing of your community.
 
This new advice is based on the latest expert recommendations of the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer. Thank you for your cooperation in implementing these recommendations.
 
Yours sincerely
Sandy Pitcher
Deputy Secretary
Higher Education and Skills
29/01/ 2020

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