NHS contact tracing at Forth Valley school

Health officials are carrying out Covid-19 contact tracing at a Forth Valley school.

By Jill Buchanan
Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 7:40 pm
Updated Friday, 4th September 2020, 9:15 am

NHS Forth Valley’s Test and Protect team is contact tracing in Balfron High School near Stirling after a young person who attends the school tested positive for the virus.

A health board spokeswoman said: “The individual is self-isolating at home along with rest of their household.

“There is currently no evidence of any transmission within the school. To respect and maintain patient confidentiality, no further details will be released but close contacts have been identified and are being followed up with advice and support.”

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Contact tracing is being carried out at a Forth Valley secondary school

She added robust control measures were already in place to protect the health of pupils and staff and the school remains open.

Apart from those who have been identified as close contacts, all other staff and pupils can continue to attend the school as normal.

Dr Graham Foster, NHS Forth Valley’s Director of Public Health, said: “Close contacts are being called by our Test and Protect service so if you have not been contacted by the NHS then you do not require to self-isolate or book a test.

“I would like to remind people that it is important to continue to follow the national guidance to protect yourself and others. This includes physical distancing indoors and outdoors, washing your hands regularly, wearing face coverings, where required and arranging to get tested immediately if you develop any of the symptoms of Covid-19.”

Tests can be booked via the NHS Inform website or by calling 0800 028 2816.