The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has advised that a La Trobe student at our Melbourne campus in Bundoora has tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
In all matters relating to COVID-19, La Trobe will follow the advice of DHHS.
The affected individual is a La Trobe student who has attended class within the past week. The student is receiving medical treatment and the University has offered its full support to the student via the Health Department.
In accordance with that advice, all staff and students with whom the student came into contact have been identified and asked to self-isolate.
The limited number of areas the student visited last week have been deep cleaned according to DHHS guidelines.
Also following DHHS advice, the University campus will remain open. University business, including all teaching, research and administrative activities are continuing.
We continue to monitor the situation, working closely with DHHS, and we will alert our community immediately if advice from DHHS changes.
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.
We recognise that you may be feeling anxious and we want to reassure you that measures currently being taken by DHHS and the University are in place to protect both those directly impacted and the wider community.
We understand this is a challenging time for everyone in our community and that you may have a range of questions. We are constantly updating our COVID-19 FAQ page, to include answers to a range of questions for both students and staff.
The University also provides a range of health and wellbeing services for students including a free counselling service.
If you require further assistance our ASK La Trobe team is available to assist you.
Everyone in Australia is dealing with the unprecedented fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s important that we acknowledge the human impact this is having and look after each other as a community.