Contact tracing in another Falkirk area high school as individual tests positive for COVID-19

NHS Forth Valley’s Test and Protect team is now carrying out COVID-19 contact tracing at three local schools.

By James Trimble
Thursday, 17th September 2020, 11:45 am

The most recent announcement means St Mungo’s High School joins Stenhousemuir Primary School and Polmont’s St Margaret’s Primary School as those educational establishments who have individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus.

An NHS Forth Valley spokesperson said: “Initial information suggests the virus was contracted outside of the schools and there is no evidence at this stage of any transmission within these premises.

“The individuals who have tested positive for the virus are self-isolating at home along with the rest of their household. To respect and maintain patient confidentiality, no further details will be given.

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COVID-19 contact tracing is being carried out in St Mungo's High School

“Close contacts of the individuals have been identified and advised to self-isolate in line with national guidance. Robust control measures were already in place to protect the health of pupils and staff and the three schools remain open.”

An entire primary six class at St Margaret’s Primary School reportedly has been told to self isolate, while the rest of classes are allowed to attend school.

Earlier in the month it was reported that Larbert High School and Stenhousemuir Primary School were undergoing contact tracing after positive COVID-19 tests.

Dr Graham Foster, NHS Forth Valley’s director of public health, said: “We are seeing more cases of COVID-19 in local communities across Forth Valley and it’s therefore really important everyone follows the national guidance to protect themselves and others.

“Please follow the FACTs guidance, wear a face covering when advised, avoid crowded places, wash your hands and any hard surfaces regularly, stay two metres apart and self-isolate and book a test if you develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

“Please also reduce your day to day close contact with others to reduce the spread of the virus and follow the new rule of six which includes not meeting adults from more than one other household.”

David Mackay, head of education at Falkirk Council, added: “We are working closely with NHS Forth Valley’s Public Health team to ensure all necessary actions are taken, including enhanced cleaning.”

Visit www.nhsinform.scot for more information on COVID-19.