A member of staff and two pupils have tested positive for coronavirus at a school in South Lanarkshire.

Test and trace teams have been dispatched to High Blantyre Primary School, Blantyre, after the positive cases were revealed by NHS Lanarkshire.

The staff member tested positive on Saturday August 22, while the pupils were confirmed as having the deadly bug today, Sunday August 23.

All three were last in the education hub on August 20 and are currently self-isolating at home.

Health bosses have moved to reassure parents that there is no evidence of transmission within the school following a risk assessment.

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The school will remain open after the risk to the wider school community was assessed as being low.

However, pupils and associated staff in primary three and four (P3 – room six and P4 – room ten) are being told not to come to class.

They will be offered testing on Wednesday August 26 and must continue to self-isolate until they are confirmed as testing negative.

Dr Josephine Pravinkumar, NHS Lanarkshire’s consultant in public health medicine, said: “Our test and protect team will continue to contact anyone who may be affected.

“Public health advice is being given to these individuals and they are being told to self-isolate and offered testing as required.

“There is evidence that mixing socially in the community without maintaining physical distancing measures can transmit the virus. It is therefore important that people remain vigilant and follow physical distancing guidance.

Dr Pravinkumar continued: “We are aware that there will be concern among both children and their parents at this time. We would like to reassure the local community that appropriate measures are being implemented.”

“Individuals should stay off school or work and get tested if they or their close contacts experience any Covid-19 symptoms, such as a cough, fever or loss of taste or smell, even if they are mild.”

Tony McDaid, executive director of education resources at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “The council is fully supporting the incident management team, led by NHS Lanarkshire, and its test and protect activity.

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“We will continue to respond to advice from NHS Lanarkshire and provide information and reassurance to parents and carers, pupils and staff.

“We fully understand that parents and pupils will be anxious.

“No blame is attached to anyone who is interviewed by Test and Protect but it is important that as much information as possible is given.

“In addition, support within school is available to any pupil who is anxious or has concerns.”



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