We can confirm that a nursing student who was on placement with Ballarat Health Services last week has tested positive to COVID19.
The student has not required treatment in hospital and is recovering at home.
Contact tracing with staff, patients, and other students is underway. All patients on the ward deemed a close contact of the student will be tested as a precaution, and their families are being contacted. Additionally, all staff and students deemed close contacts will be tested and must quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure to the student.
The student was on placement after the implementation of PPE restrictions for all staff and was required to wear a mask and follow infection control procedures at all times while on-site. Ballarat Health Services is implementing further infection control processes under advice from our infection prevention and control specialists.
The welfare of our community, staff, patients, residents, and clients continues to be at the forefront of our response to COVID19. Students make a valuable contribution to Ballarat Health Services, and continuity of student clinical placements is important to the function of our health system. Ballarat Health Services works with universities and follows the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines to ensure clinical student placements continue where it is safe to do so.
We continue to enforce strict infection prevention and control measures, along with visitor restrictions and screening at all Ballarat Health Services sites.
It remains extremely important that anyone with even the mildest of symptoms be tested for COVID19. Appointments can be made at the UFS Lucas clinic on 03 4311 1571 or the Ballarat Community Health clinic on 1800 054 172.