Western Sydney primary school student contracts Covid-19, principal issues warning

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A student from York Public School has tested positive to Covid-19. prompting a grim warning from the Principal. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

A public school 50km from the Sydney CBD has issued a grim warning to its community after a young student tested positive for Covid-19.

York Public School, which has students from kindergarten to Year 6, issued a letter to parents and caregivers on Thursday advising them that the female student had not been on school grounds during the entire lockdown period.

Principal Bilynda Robins said despite this, there was still a risk to the community as NSW Health were battling a lengthy delay in their contact tracing.

“Contact tracing is five days behind, which may result in more positive cases in our community that we are not aware of at this point,” she wrote, adding that the nearby Southlands Shopping Centre had recently been added as a Covid exposure site.

Ms Robins thanked parents for keeping their children at home where possible, and minimising their own movements.

“It is vitally important during this time, in order to keep students and staff safe, (that) parents keep their children at home unless they are unable to supervise them,” the letter read.

“Please stay safe, stay well and always wear a mask should you need to leave your home.

“Together we will work through this challenging time.”

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Parents and carers from the York Public School community have been advised that a female student contracted Covid-19. Picture: SuppliedSource:NCA NewsWire

New South Wales recorded 262 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 on Thursday.

Of these infections, 129 have been linked to a known case or cluster, 96 are household contacts and 33 are close contacts.

Authorities are still investigating the source of infection for 133 of the new cases.

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There are currently 478 exposure sites listed on the NSW Health website, with reports indicating more than a day had passed between owners of at least one venue becoming aware of a Covid case being present on the premises and being contacted by authorities.

Management of Campsie Shopping Centre in western Sydney wrote to staff on July 20 to advise they had been notified of staff members in two stores testing positive, but were yet to hear from NSW Health.

The exposure site status of one store was broadcast to the public about 24 hours later, but the second was not added to the list by NSW Health until July 22.

On July 26, the entire shopping centre was listed as a close contact site for anyone who had visited from July 14 through to July 24.

Parts of Sydney have been locked down since late June, with restrictions currently in place until at least the end of August but expected to be extended further.

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