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An Oban High School pupil who tested positive for Covid-19 has been praised by their school for ‘following national guidlines’ and is now recovering from the symptoms.
The affected pupil was last in school on Monday September 28 since when contact tracing has been under way. Pupils identified as close contacts during the school day were contacted directly by NHS Highland’s contact tracing team and were asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
In a letter to parents, sent out on Sunday, October 4, following a guidance letter sent out by NHS Highland Health Protection Team (HPT), Oban High School head teacher Peter Bain reassured everyone that the youngster in question was recovering and thanked staff at the school for their support.
‘The youngster quite sensibly followed the national guidance on what to do if one has symptoms,’ he added.
‘Working between the family and the school, the HPT were able to use the Track and Trace protocols swiftly and efficiently.’
Mr Bain confirmed that all the families that need to be made aware of the need to self-isolate were contacted, and he said he also called the families himself to ask how the children were keeping and to offer support if required.
‘I am pleased to have found, although obviously concerned to learn of this news, all seemed physically well at the moment,’ he continued.
‘I am also pleased that all the staff are well and that no teachers are required to self-isolate.’
Summing up the views of many, one parent said: ‘I think it was inevitable that coronavirus would reach Oban High School because I believe it is in the community or at least bound to be in the town somewhere.
‘I think the school has done as much as it can to contain any spread of the virus within its campus, short of closing the school.
‘I think people have to look to their own behaviour to help stop the spread of the virus and feel that the school reacted quickly in sending out a letter to parents, before any rumours started circulating and causing panic.’
A statement from Dr Jenny Wares, consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Highland, said: ‘As long as your child is well, and as long as other members of the household have no symptoms and are well, then everyone in the house can all go about their normal business. Anyone who is well and has no symptoms does not need to be tested.’
Mr Bain concluded: ‘I would like to take the opportunity to remind our community that this single confirmed case in our school is a reminder that schools are still places that are relatively safe places to work and learn, though, of course, we cannot be complacent and we must continue in our efforts to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.’
Argyll and Bute Council confirmed the positive case this week.
‘The council as education authority, and the school are fully engaged with NHS Highland’s Health Protection Team and are following Public Health guidance,’ added a spokesperson.
‘Strict control measures are in place at the school and will continue following the October break.
‘Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and further information on testing can be found on NHS Inform (www.nhsinform.scot/).’
Public Health Scotland reported that in the seven-day period from September 28 to October 4 there had been 35 positive tests for Covid-19.