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More Hunter schools forced to close doors due to COVID-19


In the space of just four days, nine Hunter schools have been forced to shut their doors due to COVID-19.

The NSW Department of Education announced the closures of Thornton Public, Irrawang Public and Mayfield West Public on Sunday, along with Weston Public and Mayfield East Public 24 hours later.

Carrington Public followed suit on Tuesday.

Now, Maitland East Public, Jewells Public and Francis Greenway High School, Woodberry, were added to the list tonight (Wednesday 27 October).

They join Lavington East Public, Murray High, Gledswood Hills Public, Briar Road Public Airds and Tamworth Public as the latest exposure sites.

It comes as the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) recorded 83 new infections overnight, almost a third of the state’s total cases.

“They will be closed effective immediately after a school community member/s tested positive for COVID-19,” an NSW Education spokesperson said.

“Thankfully, most are normally only closed for 24 hours to allow contact tracing and cleaning.

“All staff and students are asked to self-isolate and follow the NSW Health advice and protocols.

“They’ve requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 clinics.”

Meanwhile, Carrington Public – along with Port Kembla Public, Lidcombe Public, Thurgoona Public, Woolgoolga Public, Aldavilla Public, Wingham Brush Public and Finley Public will re-open on Thursday 28 October.

“Students and staff identified as close contacts were notified and asked to self-isolate for the required period,” the spokesperson said.

“Each school was thoroughly cleaned and will resume for any child who is unable to learn from home.”

Further information about the NSW Department of Education response to COVID-19 is available on the website at www.//

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