A Canberra church is among the latest COVID-19 exposure locations, as the week's epidemiological update revealed a spike in cases among younger Canberrans associated with exposures in schools.
Holy Spirit Catholic Parish Gungahlin Church in Amaroo has been listed as a close-contact exposure site for Friday between 6pm and 7.15pm.
The exposure occurred at a first Holy Communion, a Christian sacrament generally undertaken by primary school-aged children.
"The church is now closed for cleaning in accordance with ACT Health standards," the parish wrote in a Facebook post.
"We look forward to welcoming you all back to church to celebrate our special Christmas lights on mass on Saturday 27 November at 7pm."
Mount Stromlo High School is one of two schools added to the list of campus exposures on Wednesday. It was affected on Monday.
Year 9 and 10 students at Lyneham High School will stay at home on Wednesday, after a COVID-19 exposure on Tuesday to Thursday last week.
Exposure times for St Augustine's Catholic Church Farrer have also been updated. The close-contact exposure occurred on Wednesday between 8.45am and 11am.
The function room of Canberra Deakin Football Club was also listed as a close-contact location for Wednesday between 12pm and 3pm.
Dendy Cinemas Canberra has also been listed as a casual exposure location for November 19, 20 and 21 and is closed temporarily for a deep clean. The cinema is expect to reopen Thursday afternoon.
An epidemiological update for the week of November 15 to November 21 revealed 101 cases had been recorded across the seven days, bringing the total cases associated with this outbreak to 1929.
Weekly testing averages increased to about 2600 a day, up from the last seven-day average of 2289, but the test positivity rate has decreased.
A spike in case notifications for people aged 44 and under has been attributed to 23 school exposure sites in Canberra since the beginning of the month.
There have been 152 people hospitalised with the virus in Canberra's latest outbreak. Forty of them have required intensive care treatment, and 19 have been ventilated.
None of the 19 patients requiring ventilation were fully vaccinated.
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