A second confirmed case of Covid-19 has been detected at a Cork secondary school just 24 hours after the first case was reported.
On Tuesday afternoon, parents of students at Coláiste Choilm in Ballincollig were informed that a confirmed case of coronavirus at the school was notified to the Department of Public Health in HSE South.
On Wednesday afternoon, parents were informed of a second confirmed Covid-19 case at the school.
The Department of Public Health said the two cases of Covid-19 are not linked and that transmission did not occur in the school.
“The two individuals acquired Covid-19 outside of the school from two different and separate sources,” said Dr Mary O’Mahony, consultant in public health, in a new email to parents on Wednesday afternoon.
She added that no child has been identified as a close contact of this newly confirmed case, similar to that of the first case.
Meanwhile, another confirmed case of Covid-19 has been detected at the nearby Gaelscoil Uí Riordáin National School.
No child has been identified as a close contact in this case as well.
“If your child has not been identified as a close contact at this time, your child does not need a test for Covid-19, they can continue to attend school and no further actions are required at this time,” Dr O'Mahony explained.
“If your child develops any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 infection, such as a cough, a fever, loss or change in sense of taste or smell, please do not send your child to school.
“Contact your GP and begin restricting your child’s movements,” she added.
“Restricted movement means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.”
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 have now been detected at five schools in Cork.
On Sunday evening public health officials advised parents and guardians of more than 400 children attending Scoil Bhríde, Rathcormac that a case of Covid-19 had been identified.
Last week a case of the virus was confirmed at Scoil Bhríde Eglantine in Douglas and at Scoil Clíodhna in Carrigtwohill.
The virus has been detected in more than 50 schools across the country since schools reopened at the end of August.