APPROXIMATELY 200 close contacts have been identified at Sydney’s Rose Bay Public School after a Jewish before and after-school care worker tested positive for COVID-19.
The AJN can reveal that a young Jewish woman in her early 20s was diagnosed with the virus last Friday.
Rose Bay Public has a large number of Jewish students.
A NSW Health spokesperson told The AJN on Wednesday afternoon, “Approximately 200 close contacts were identified. The school is now open. The source of the infection is unknown.”
Rose Bay Public was temporarily closed last Friday while deep cleaning and contact tracing was conducted.
All close contacts of this case have been advised of the need to isolate and monitor for symptoms.
The AJN understands the woman who was diagnosed is a Community Security Group (CSG) volunteer, and that CSG had alerted its members about the incident.
The AJN understands she had not had any recent involvement in CSG activity.
“It should be noted that the case interview has determined this person did not attend any recent mass gathering,” the NSW Health spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added, “It should be stressed the date of infection is still to be determined and this case may be an older infection.”
Rose Bay Public is the third eastern suburbs school to have had a case of COVID-19, after pupils at Moriah and Waverley Colleges also contracted the virus.
Dozens of students at Moriah College, who were identified as close contacts with a 10-year-old boy who tested positive, have now returned to school.
The AJN understands the 10-year-old boy has recovered and is also back at school.