Covid-19 case in south Powys primary school

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24 September 2020

Image of Covid-19 medical vialsOver 20 children at a south Powys primary school are self-isolating after a member of the school tested positive for Covid-19, the county council has said.

The confirmed case has meant that 22 pupils and one member of staff at Llanbedr Church in Wales Primary School have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

Families with pupils that have been identified as having had potential contact with the pupil have been informed of the situation.

A focussed clean has taken place at the school and all other pupils will continue to attend school as planned.

Powys County Council has worked with every school in the county to ensure that procedures in place in the event a pupil or member of staff testing positive for Covid-19. These procedures are in line with Welsh Government guidance and working closely with colleagues in health services.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "Our education officers have worked quickly with staff at Llanbedr Church in Wales Primary School to minimise the risk for everybody concerned.

"We have worked with all our schools who have put measures in place to minimise the risk of coronavirus spreading.

"However, this case just shows that coronavirus is still a real threat to public health.

"Schools have robust procedures in place and the Test, Trace, Protect process is being followed.

"I understand parents will be concerned but this process of testing and contact tracing is part of the 'new normal' and where schools follow these guidelines carefully, there is no cause for alarm.

"It is important that we all remain vigilant and maintain social distancing and continue to wash hands frequently to prevent the spared of the virus as much as we can.

"Do not send your child to school if they are unwell and have any of the three identified COVID-19 symptoms or they live in a household with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive in the past 14 days.

"We all have a part to play if we're to avoid a spike in the county and the potential re-introduction of lockdown measures."

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