The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advised the University yesterday afternoon (28 March) that a second member of the La Trobe University community at our Melbourne campus in Bundoora has tested positive for COVID-19. A first confirmed case was announced on 12 March.
In all matters relating to COVID-19, La Trobe will follow the advice of DHHS.
The affected individual is a La Trobe student who attended lectures on 10 and 12 March. Please refer to the FAQs for details.
All students and staff with whom the student came into contact have been identified and advised to watch for symptoms (see below). The DHHS advises that they are not required to self-isolate as they are now outside the required self-isolation period.
The student is receiving medical treatment and the University has offered its full support. We wish our student a swift recovery.
The three lecture theatres attended by the student on 10 and 12 March are being deep cleaned according to relevant guidelines.
Over the past two weeks, La Trobe University has announced a series of measures to deal with COVID-19. All of our teaching is now online and only a small number of essential staff are now working on campus. They are required to follow strict protocols around physical distancing and hygiene.
COVID-19 symptoms include a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. If you have developed symptoms it is important to call the dedicated DHHS hotline on 1800 675 398 and follow medical advice.
There are ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. Wash your hands often with soap and water or by using alcohol-based hand rub before and after eating, as well as after attending the toilet. DHHS advises that face masks are not recommended for use by members of the public for the prevention of infections like the novel coronavirus.
It is also critical that you follow the strict protocols around physical distancing – ensure a distance of 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others.
We recognise that you may be feeling anxious and we remind you of the various supports available and listed on the health and wellbeing page for students, including our free counselling service.
Please refer to our FAQs relating to this case, which includes dates and location details.
We continue to monitor the situation and will be providing regular updates to students as well as via our FAQs.
Professor John Dewar AO, Vice-Chancellor and President