Confirmed Covid-19 Case in Dalneigh Primary School

There is a confirmed case of Covid19 in a school pupil at Dalneigh Primary School, Inverness.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health with NHS Highland, said:

“National guidance has been followed and all close contacts of the confirmed case have been identified and advised to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.

“We are aware that positive cases can cause some local anxiety in the community.

“Please be reassured that our Health Protection Team is working closely with colleagues within the Highland Council to continually monitor the situation.

“Strict control measures are in place at the school and there is currently no evidence of transmission within the school itself.

“The school remains open and, unless they have been identified as a close contact, your child should continue to attend if they remain well.

“Children and staff should not attend school if they develop any of the common symptoms.”

For most people, Covid-19 will be a mild illness.

If you develop symptoms you should remain self-isolating at home for 10 days from the date when your symptoms appeared, even if this takes you over the 14-day period currently advised.

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform.

In the event that you develop symptoms, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

new continuous cough and/or

high temperature and/or

a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

wash your hands as soon as you get home

cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Please also follow the five rules that are highlighted in the national FACTS campaign –

Face coverings in enclosed spaces

Avoid crowded places indoors or outdoors

Clean your hands regularly and remember to clean hard surfaces that you might be touching

Two metre physical distancing remains in place

Self-isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of Covid19 – a cough, a temperature, or a loss of, or change in your sense of taste or smell

There is evidence of increasing transmission across Scotland.

Covid19 is still here and it is important that everyone takes responsibility and follows the national guidance to keep them and others safe.

Everyone in Highland, Argyll and Bute has a role to play to keep the number of positive cases as low as possible.