A HEALTH chief is urging people to follow the rules following an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at Callands Community Primary School.
At least 14 pupils are believed to have tested positive at the school which has resulted in years 5 and 6 being sent home self-isolating.
Following a multi-agency meeting, health chiefs are satisfied the school is operating COVID secure and the outbreak has been caused by people not following the rules, including gatherings outside the school and households, not self-isolating.
“We need everyone to behave in the right way because, although the vaccine programme is being rolled out successfully so far, this does not mean people cannot get very ill or even die if they get the virus, as there are still many other people who have not received their first dose of the vaccine yet.
Thara Raj, Warrington Borough Council’s Director of Public Health said: “We have been working with Callands Community Primary school to support them in dealing with a number of cases, and a multi-agency meeting has been held to support the school to review these cases.
“It is my view, shared with Public Health England, that the school is doing everything it can to maintain a COVID-secure environment. Risk assessments show no evidence of the virus transmitting within the school, but there is evidence to suggest that the virus is spreading outside of the school, where people are not following the clear lockdown rules in place. This includes people gathering outside of school and there are also instances of households not self-isolating when they need to. In these circumstances, the most significant increase in case numbers we are seeing is amongst year 5 and year 6 groups.
“Following the basics of ‘hands, face, space’, as always, is essential in helping to mitigate the spread of the virus. It is also vitally important that if you develop any symptoms, however mild, you self-isolate immediately and book an NHS test to see if you have coronavirus. We also need people to self-isolate if they are instructed to by the Test and Trace service.
“If you have no symptoms, but need to leave the house for essential reasons like work or care, remember you can also get a symptom-free test at one of our designated symptom-free testing sites. By getting tested in this way, we are able to identify people who have the virus but have no symptoms and could therefore be spreading COVID-19 without realising.”
To find out more about COVID-19 testing, and to book a test if you have symptoms, visit warrington.gov.uk/get-tested-coronavirus
For the latest COVID-19 guidance for Warrington visit https://www.warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus-latest-guidance