Yeshiva College and Beth Rivkah Schools in Melbourne, Australia, are closed Wednesday after a teacher was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Yeshiva College and Beth Rivkah Schools in Melbourne, Australia, are closed Wednesday after a teacher who recently returned from the United States was diagnosed with coronavirus,
The man in his 50s who returned from Los Angeles on Friday, is a staff member at Yeshivah and worked for half a day while infectious on Monday.
Yeshiva College principal Shimon Waronker said in an email to the school community they were following the Department of Health and Human Service’s recommendations.
‘As there have been potential exposures to staff and students, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends closing the colleges for at least one day and possibly further pending test results and contact tracing activities tomorrow to determine if any staff or students are required to home quarantine,’ he said.
“The school leadership team has been in continuous contact with the Department of Health and been advised, for the safety and wellbeing of our community, to close the Yeshivah Centre for 24 hours whilst we make further assessments of the situation and the next steps to be taken.”
Local Chabad Rabbonim issued a clear Psak Halacha regarding the virus.
The Rabbonim ruled that anyone infected or who was in direct contact with an infected person, should not attend minyan, hear Parshas Parah, go to mikvah, or do anything that might place others at risk.
They also encouraged common sense measures including not kissing the torah, or spitting during Aleinu.