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Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah closed for 24 hours

Melbourne's Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah Colleges has shut its doors for 24 hours after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus; a number of students are being tested for the bug

A STAFF member at Melbourne’s Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah Colleges (YBR) has tested positive for coronavirus, resulting in the school closing for 24 hours.

In a letter to parents on Wednesday morning, YBR principal Dr Shimon Waronker said “a number of students have test results pending” and that the Department of Health and Human Services recommended closing the colleges “for at least one day and possibly further … to determine if any staff or students are required to home quarantine”.

The department also recommended closing the synagogue to attendees tomorrow morning as a precautionary measure, as contact tracing exercises are undertaken.

The staff member had returned to Melbourne on flight QF94 from Los Angeles on Friday, March 6.

It is understood the staff member taught at the St Kilda East school for half a day on Monday.

Waronker said “this is a very anxious time” and that the school has a team in place that is “working with and following the directions of the Department of Health on this matter to ensure the safety of our community”.

Full coverage in this week’s AJN, out tomorrow.

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