Fury over teacher’s Covid act

By | August 19, 2021

The Glenroy educator’s decision to exercise their rights means around 50 families linked to York St kindergarten, located within Glenroy West Primary School, will be forced to double quarantine.

However, according to the Herald Sun, the teacher will not receive any punishments or disciplinary action.

It comes after Victoria recorded 57 new cases yesterday, the highly daily number since September 2020.

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The Frankston Community Vaccination hub has been named as a Tier Two Covid exposure site.

It was added to the list after a Covid-positive person attended the centre on Monday.

On Monday August 16, a person attended the Frankston Community Vaccination Hub at Bayside Centre to receive their #COVID19 vaccine.

While they had no symptoms while at the Vaccination Hub, they subsequently developed symptoms and tested positive to the virus yesterday.

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— Peninsula Health (@PeninsulaHealth) August 19, 2021

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The ABC’s Rafael Epstein – who always has his finger on the pulse when it comes to case numbers – has claimed today’s figures would be “not great”.

However, he said on Twitter they were likely to be “not more than 60”.

Yesterday, 57 cases were recorded, the highest number since last September.

Hearing Melb numbers not great today but not more than 60. As per what was said publicly yday.

Same reason for higher number – people doing Day 13 test in iso.

Not such good news.. among new outbreaks – lower ratio of people in iso than yday.

— Rafael Epstein (@Raf_Epstein) August 19, 2021

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National Cabinet are set to meet again today, with a plan to vaccinate kids aged 12 to 15 set to be on the agenda.

We’ll bring you all the latest updates after the meeting.

School students in Victoria are being urged to put their schoolbags out on Sunday afternoon to highlight the mental health impacts of ongoing school closures.

The campaign, dubbed The Shadow Pandemic, is designed to pressure the government into devising a plan to get kids back in classrooms.

Victorian school students are being asked to “put their school bags out” on Sunday evening to highlight the mental health stress caused in children by schools closures. #9Today pic.twitter.com/OOHwzcLMx6

— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) August 19, 2021

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Victoria’s Covid response commander Jeroen Weimar has apologised to Melbourne’s Jewish community after he said some members of the Orthodox population were among the city’s Covid cases.

His comments were made on Wednesday while he was explaining the St Kilda cluster was affecting a diverse range of people.

“We have accountants, we have architects, we have a sex worker, we have members of the Orthodox Jewish community, and we have a pizza guy who worked in a pizza shop in Glen Eira,” Mr Weimar said.

He has since released a statement apologising for his “poor choice of words”.

“I was attempting to highlight the sheer diversity and range of people in the St Kilda area who were – through no fault of their own – Covid positive,” the statement reads.

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“I am hugely disappointed that my words have been interpreted as a slight or criticism of the Orthodox Jewish community – this was absolutely not intended.

“I apologise to Melbourne’s Jewish community for the hurt and harm that my words have done.”

Victoria’s list of possible Covid exposure sites has ballooned again, with a string of essential shops and public transport routes on the list.

The sites are spread across Melbourne, and residents are urged to check the list regularly for updates, and come forward for testing if required.

Checked exposure sites lately? More have been published online at https://t.co/xojLvnrdjA including: pic.twitter.com/FVeI4HpfKa

— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) August 19, 2021

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Anger is mounting after a kindergarten teacher potentially exposed to the coronavirus refused to get tested.

The Glenroy educator’s decision to exercise their rights means around 50 families linked to York St kindergarten, located within Glenroy West Primary School, will be forced to double quarantine.

Premier Daniel Andrews even weighed into the saga yesterday, telling the public getting tested was the “least you can do”.

“If you’re asked to test because there’s a sense you may have the virus, and we want to rule you out … but also look after the safety of people you’ve been with, some of whom might be little kids, I don’t think that’s such a big ask,” he said.

However, according to the Herald Sun, the teacher will not receive any punishments or disciplinary action.

It comes after Victoria recorded 57 new cases yesterday, the highly daily number since September 2020.

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