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From the ACT: Novel Coronavirus information for MAC students

The Australian College of Theology (ACT), of which Mary Andrews College (MAC) is an affiliated college, has asked that we let all of our students and staff know this public health information.

An outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in late December 2019. Coronaviruses can make humans and animals sick. Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases. As of the morning of 3/2/2020 there were currently 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia: four in New South Wales, four in Victoria, two in Queensland and two in South Australia.

A publication from the Australian Government Department of Health containing information for tertiary students is available here (and here), which applies also to Australian College of Theology (ACT) staff and students, including Mary Andrews College as an affiliated college of the ACT.

Further information about the virus is available from the Department of Health website, including information for travellers arriving from China, information for people with a suspected case of novel coronavirus, and information for people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of novel coronavirus.

  • Students and staff are not permitted to attend Mary Andrews College if they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) until 14 days have passed until Public Health authorities inform that it is safe to do so.
  • Students and staff who have returned from Hubei Province in the last 14 days are asked to not attend Mary Andrews College until 14 days have passed, and are not permitted to attend if symptoms have developed until Public Health authorities inform them that it is safe to do so.
  • Students and staff who have returned from or transited through mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving China.

For further information on these and other scenarios and what to do, see the information on the Department of Health website, which is being regularly updated, using the above links.

Any absences due to the above requirements are exempt from the compulsory attendance requirement of the ACT’s units. The Registrar of Mary Andrews College can provide information about local health services and available academic support if your study is disrupted by this incident.

Please join us at Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM) and Mary Andrews College (MAC) in praying for God’s protection in response to this virus, and healing for those who have been affected.

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