Covid cases ‘expected’ in Denbighshire schools – but contact tracing changes mean less having to self-isolate
Covid cases are expected to occur in schools in Denbighshire over the coming weeks, a leading councillor has said.
However, new arrangements around positive Covid-19 tests in schools mean the number of pupils who will be required to self-isolate is likely to be lower.
From this September if a child tests positive, a smaller group of pupils will be identified as close contacts and those under 18 or fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate, unless they showing symptoms.
Close contacts will be alerted that they’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive and will be offered two PCR tests and provided with information and advice on how to minimise the risk of onward spread.
Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Denbighshire Council’s Lead Member for Education, Children’s Services and Public Engagement, said: “We do expect that there will be cases of Covid-19 over the coming weeks, but this does not mean Covid-19 is spreading within our schools.
“Changes to the number of pupils being identified as close contacts will reduce the number of pupils needing to self-isolate in our schools.
“We are still asking parents to be vigilant for any symptoms and to ensure for secondary aged pupils, those not experiencing Covid-19 symptoms are taking regular Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests.
“Anyone with symptoms – a new continuous cough, fever or high temperature or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should book a PCR test and remain in self-isolation until the test result is known.
“We recognise how difficult the past 18 months have been and the sacrifices that all families have had to make. We would like to thank parents and staff for everything they have done to support learners and our schools.”
Free Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests are available to collect from the county’s libraries as well as pharmacies.
You can find the latest information on self-isolation arrangements at https://gov.wales/self-isolation
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