Confirmed Covid-19 case at Cork secondary school

Confirmed Covid-19 case at Cork secondary school

Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig.

A confirmed case of Covid-19 has been detected at a Cork secondary school that has a student population of around 1,400 students.

Parents of students at Coláiste Choilm in Ballincollig were notified on Tuesday afternoon that a confirmed case of coronavirus at the school was notified to the Department of Public Health in HSE South.

In an email to parents, Dr Anne Sheahan, consultant in public health, said that a risk assessment was carried out and that no child has been identified as a close contact of the Covid-19 case.

“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,” she 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.

“The Department of Public Health, HSE South is monitoring the school situation closely.” Originally built in 1987 to cater for 400 pupils, Coláiste Choilm now has a student population of over 1,350.

The school was contacted for comment.

Coláiste Choilm is the fourth school in Cork to experience a confirmed case of Covid-19, and the first secondary school in the region.

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.

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