13 March 2020

Dear all;

 

The information previously provided about handwashing and taking precautions still stands.

The updated guidance from the NHS, the DfE and public health England is that staff and students should:

 

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, (and) continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

 

Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

 

If you have had close contact with a CONFIRMED  case of COVID-19 who was symptomatic at the time

The definition of a contact includes:

  • any pupil, student or staff member in close face-to-face or touching contact including those undertaking small group work (within 2 metres of the case for more than 15 minutes)
  • talking with or being coughed on for any length of time while the individual is symptomatic
  • anyone who has cleaned up any bodily fluids of the individual
  • close friendship groups
  • any pupil, student or staff member living in the same household as a confirmed case, or equivalent setting.

 

Contacts are not considered cases and if they are well, they are very unlikely to have spread the infection to others, however

  • they will be asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the confirmed case and follow the home isolation advice sheet
  • they will be actively followed up by the Health Protection Team
  • if they develop any symptoms within their 14-day observation period they should only call NHS 111 if you can’t cope with the symptoms, your condition worsens or if symptoms last beyond seven days.
  • if they become unwell with cough, fever or shortness of breath they may have COVID-19
  • if they require emergency medical attention, call 999 and tell the call handler or ambulance control that the person has a history of potential contact with COVID-19
  • if they are unwell at any time within their 14-day observation period and they test positive for COVID-19 they will become a confirmed case.

 

Family and friends who have not had close contact (as listed above) with the original confirmed case do not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities such as attending educational settings or work, unless they become unwell. If they become unwell, follow the advice above.