Warning as Covid cases rise
CHILDREN in a school's reception classes have been told to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.
The decision to keep everyone in the youngest year group 'bubble' at Lyde Green Primary School at home comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Emersons Green and the surrounding area continues to rise.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, as the Voice went to press, showed that during the week to October 15 there had been 10 new confirmed cases in Emersons Green, 7 in Mangotsfield, 9 in Pucklechurch and Westerleigh, and 4 in Downend.
Four weeks earlier there had been 3 new cases in Emersons Green, 6 in Pucklechurch and Westerleigh and 4 in Mangotsfield, although Downend cases were slightly higher, at 5.
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson confirmed that the confirmed case of Covid-19 at Lyde Green primary involved a pupil who was tested The child had not been in school since October 13, which means other children at the school have to self-isolate until October 29 and those who do not show any symptoms will be able to return to school when term starts again on November 2.
The school shared details of the case with parents on Sunday October 18, advising parents of children in the three reception classes not to send them to school the following day.
The school remained open for all other pupils until the half-term holiday began.
Parents of children told to self-isolate are being advised to arrange a test only if the child develops one or more of the three most common symptoms of Covid-19: a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss of, or change in, his or her normal sense of taste or smell.
Tests are arranged via the NHS online portal or by phoning 119. The households of those awaiting a test result should isolate until they receive the result - and continue in isolation if that result is positive.
Other people living with any of the children told to self-isolate because of their contact with the confirmed Covid-19 case do not have to self-isolate, unless their child develops symptoms.
In total, since the outbreak of the pandemic, there had been 1,700 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Gloucestershire by October 20 – 739 higher than four weeks previously.
The overall infection rate stood at 596.3 per 100,000 population. However, as of October 9 - the latest date for which figures were available - there had been no deaths of South Gloucestershire residents from Covid-19 for six weeks, with the total deaths reported with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic standing at 171.