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Report revealed: COVID-19 in schools – the experience in NSW

Putting the case forward for the return to school for children in NSW the NCIRS has today reported on their preliminary findings.

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) with the support of the NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Department of Education, started an enhanced investigation aiming to understand the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in schools in NSW in early March. This report summarises the preliminary findings to 21 April 2020.

Summary of findings

  • In NSW, from March to mid-April 2020, 18 individuals (9 students and 9 staff) from 15 schools were confirmed as COVID-19 cases; all of these individuals had an opportunity to transmit the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) to others in their schools.
  • 735 students and 128 staff were close contacts of these initial 18 cases.
  • One child from a primary school and one child from a high school may have contracted COVID-19 from the initial cases at their schools.
  • No teacher or staff member contracted COVID-19 from any of the initial school cases.

Read the full report here