Doctor’s advice for parents after Cambs schools confirm cases of Covid-19

A doctor has issued important advice for parents after two Cambridgeshire schools reported cases of Covid-19 this week.

Public Health England has said it is “more important now, than ever before that the community follows Government advice”.

Both Soham Village College and St Helen’s Primary School in Bluntisham have reported pupils who have tested positive for coronavirus.

This has casued bubbles at both schools to go into isolation, according to emails sent to parents, which have been seen by CambridgeshireLive.

St Helen’s Primary School in Bluntisham

One parent at St Helen’s Primary School expressed concern to CambridgeshireLive that this would not be the only time that her child would end up back at home and missing school.

She said that while confident in the school’s safety measures, one case has meant that around 70 children were being sent home for 14 days, where they were again being taught online or through set work.

St Helen’s Primary School and Soham Village College have been contacted for comment.

Signs direct members of the public to a COVID-19 testing centre
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Covid-19 advice for parents

PHE East consultant in health protection Dr David Edwards has now given advice to parents and the community about how to keep schools as safe as possible.

Dr Edwards said: “Public Health England works closely with local authorities and schools to advise on appropriate actions to be taken when there is a low number of COVID-19 cases or an outbreak in a school.

“Anyone who is showing any symptoms of coronavirus should not attend school, self-isolate for 10 days and book a test.

“I would advise parents to follow the government’s advice and also the information that the school provides as they will have seeked public health advice.

“The more cases there are in an area, the more likely it is we will see cases in schools as well.

“Reducing the spread of Covid-19 in the community will help prevent cases in schools which is it is more important than ever that people continue to follow the government’s advice on social distancing, hand hygiene and other infection control measures.“

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