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Parents won’t be told if schools have Covid cases

 
Created on 10/09/2020 @ 17:43
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As the number of positive cases from Welshpool’s weekend mobile testing operation moved up one notch to 28 today, education chiefs have said that parents won’t be told if Covid-19 is detected in their local schools.

Powys Teaching Health Board reiterated their belief that there is no evidence of widespread community transmission in the Welshpool area, and that the latest outbreak is confined largely to staff from CDT Sidoli Ltd at the edge of town.

Nevertheless, parents have been contacting their schools as rumours spread, not to mention the normal non-Covid bugs that are already present in classrooms.

A spokesperson for Powys County Council said: “We understand that some parents are anxious and want to protect their child but it would be inappropriate for the council and the school to provide information about any potential coronavirus case within a school.

“This would be down to the Test, Trace, Protect programme which would trace the contacts of people who test positive to put a stop to the spread of coronavirus. 

“Our priority are the learners and staff in schools and measures are in place to keep them safe.

“Every school will have procedures to follow if they are impacted by any potential coronavirus case. These procedures will be in-line with the guidance they have received from the council and the Welsh Government.”

Meanwhile, the contact tracing team is working to reach those who have been in contact with the 28 positive cases identified from the nearly 500 tests carried out over the weekend in town.

The final results from the programme are being processed, and anyone who tests positive should self-isolate for at least 10 days.

Stuart Bourne, Director of Public Health for Powys Teaching Health Board, reiterated this evening: “Based on our testing so far, we are not seeing evidence of widespread community transmission in the Welshpool area.

“Stay at home and get tested if you or anyone in your extended household has symptoms.”

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