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Advice Letter to Parents/Carers from NHS Health Protection Team (Sun 27 Sep)

 Lothian NHS Board


Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

Telephone 0131 536 9000, www.nhslothian.scot

 

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Advice to All Parents – Positive Case


Date             27 September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

We recognise that there are ongoing cases identified at the school and would like to provide reassurance that all necessary measures are in place and NHS Lothian Health protection Team is working closely with the school and CEC to remain vigilant and responsive.

A risk assessment has been carried out by Public Health and the school.  Young people and staff who have been in direct contact with the case have been identified and told to self isolate.

The school remains open and if your young person has not been contacted then they should continue to attend school if they remain well.

We urge all parents to ensure that their families are following all of the national guidance to help your community reduce the risk of further cases. Please see advice below on how to stop COVID-19 spreading.


What to do if your young person develops symptoms of COVID-19

     If your young person develops symptoms of COVID-19 they must not come to school. They should stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms started. Anyone with symptoms should get tested for COVID-19. Find out more on NHS Inform.  

     All other household members must stay at home for 14 days.

     The 14-days start from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

     Household members should not go to work or school. No one should visit your house. No one should leave your house to go to shops, public areas, or use public transport.  See website below for more information.

     https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-and-protect/pages/who-needs-to-self-isolate

     Staying at home for 14 days will help stop the spread of coronavirus.


Symptoms of COVID 19

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

     a new continuous cough and/or

     a high temperature and/or

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


For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your young person develops symptoms you can seek advice from NHS Inform.


How to stop COVID-19 spreading

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

Do

·         regularly wash your hands with soap and water 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 straight in the bin and wash your hands. 


Further Information

Further information is available at:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/


Yours sincerely

Dr Duncan McCormick

Consultant in Public Health Medicine


Your Ref      HPT/DMC/fs

Our Ref        Health Protection Team

Enquiries to Health Protection Team

Extension    35420/35422

Direct Line  0131 465 5422/5420

Email health.protection@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk          

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