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NCIRS with the support of the NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Department of Education, started an enhanced investigation aiming to understand the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in schools in NSW in early March. This report summarises the preliminary findings to 21 April 2020.
We would like to thank all schools, staff and students and their families who participated in this work, especially those who assisted with the enhanced investigation.
The NCIRS team working on the COVID-19 schools transmission investigation includes:
NCIRS core clinical and epidemiological team: Kristine Macartney, Nicholas Wood, Noni Winkler, Helen Quinn, Archana Koirala, Lucy Deng, Catherine Glover and Alexis Pillsbury
NCIRS interview and home visit team: Rosemary Joyce, Deidre Brogan, Nicole Dinsmore, Ajay Jadhav, Andrew Dunn, Laura Rost, Gemma Saravanos, Lisa Pelayo, Rama Kandasamy and Kathryn Meredith
We also thank our collaborators at the NSW Ministry of Health and Department of Education, NSW Public Health units and NSW Health Pathology at ICPMR Westmead, as listed in the report.
NCIRS, Kids Research, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Cnr Hawkesbury Rd & Hainsworth St, Westmead Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145 Tel (612) 9845 1433 | Fax (612) 9845 1418 | ABN 53 188 579 090
We acknowledge that the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) is on the land of the traditional owners the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians, and recognise their culture, history, diversity and their deep connection to the land. Together, through research and partnership, we aim to move to a place of equity for all. NCIRS also acknowledges and pays respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations from which our research, staff and community are drawn.
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