Nine pupils at Lochaber High School told to self-isolate while 77 await Covid PCR test results

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The Highland Council has confirmed that a total of nine pupils at Lochaber High School have been advised to self isolate while a further 77 are currently awaiting the results of Covid PCR tests.

A council spokesperson told us early yesterday evening (Tuesday): ‘NHS Highland’s health protection team have advised a 10-day isolation for nine pupils at Lochaber High School, following a Covid-19 outbreak in the local area.

‘A further 77 pupils are currently waiting on PCR test results.   Letters have been sent to parents/carers.

‘The school continues to work with health protection colleagues to manage the situation in the school.  Online learning will be made available for those who are isolating but, otherwise, remain well.’

Meanwhile, from August 16-22 after schools returned following the summer break, NHS Highland  saw over 1000 cases which represents almost 10 percent of its total case count for the whole pandemic in a single week.

This increase is expected to continue and there are already a large number of outbreaks in Highland schools with around 60 schools affected so far.

Dr Jenny Wares, Consultant in Public Health Medicine (Health Protection), from NHS
Highland, said: ‘There is no single situation driving the numbers up and we are
experiencing sustained community transmission.

‘Covid-19 is spreading very rapidly and the impact on families, local schools and businesses remains significant. Whilst Covid-19 is circulating at such high levels, we would advise you try to minimise your contact with others as much as possible to limit further spread within our communities.

‘Since moving beyond level 0 the Scottish Government guidance for the management of Covid-19 cases in schools and childcare settings has changed with close contacts in these settings not routinely asked to isolate.

‘However, if there is evidence of Covid-19 transmission within the class, additional actions such as PCR testing and self-isolation may be advised to try to control the outbreak.

‘This change is being closely monitored for the first few weeks of pupils returning to
the classroom.’