Perth & Kinross pupils test positive for COVID-19

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Two school pupils from Perth & Kinross have tested positive for COVID-19.  The two children are currently self-isolating at home with mild symptoms along with their immediate family members.  

One pupil attends Newhill Primary School in Blairgowrie and the other attends Oakbank Primary School in Perth. There is currently no evidence to suggest that there is any transmission of COVID-19 within either of the schools and the risk to staff and other pupils has been assessed by public health specialists as low. Therefore, the schools will  remain open.   

NHS Tayside’s Health Protection Team has identified 41 close contacts of the positive cases, which includes some school pupils and staff.  As a precautionary measure, all of these contacts have been notified and advised to self-isolate for 14 days, counting from Friday 14 August. NHS contact tracers will follow up all of the identified contacts to provide further advice and information.    

There is no evidence of any link to the reported cluster in Coupar Angus which led to the closure of the 2 sisters factory and there is no evidence of wider community spread.    

Dr Emily Stevenson, from NHS Tayside’s Health Protection team said: “These two positive cases in Perth & Kinross schools are experiencing mild symptoms. Their confidentiality must be respected and no further details can be released about individual cases.   

“NHS Tayside and Perth & Kinross Council worked very quickly together and we are confident that we have identified everyone who is required to self isolate.    

“Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, such a cough, fever or loss of or change in senses of taste or smell, even if they are mild, should stay off school or work and seek COVID-19 testing. Information on how to access testing is available from NHS Inform.” 

Jacquie Pepper, Depute Director, Education and Children’s Services at Perth & Kinross Council, said: “We hope both children who have tested positive for COVID-19 make a full and speedy recovery.  

“We have worked closely with NHS Tayside’s Health Protection Team and wish to reassure parents that all settings which these pupils have attended during their infectious period have been identified.  Close contacts have been asked to self-isolate as a precaution.    

“This will be a worrying time for parents, however, there is no evidence of wider transmission and children should attend school as normal”. 

People with any of the following symptoms should book a test at nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or call 0800 028 2816 if they are unable to access the online service:

·         a high temperature or fever

·         a new continuous cough 

·         a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste

The public is reminded to remember the FACTS guidance:

F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis)

A – Avoid crowded places.

C – Clean your hands frequently, using water & soap whenever possible.

T – Two metres – observe physical distancing.

S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms. 

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