RECENT COVID-19 CASES IN LEEK

01 Jun 2021 | BY leekhigh

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are seeing an increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in Leek schools. Testing has indicated that some of these cases could be one of the new variants of concern, although this has not yet been confirmed.

We are now asking everyone who attends St Edwards Middle School, Westwood College, Leek High School and their households, to get a PCR test as soon as possible. Any positive results will be genotyped to check if they have a variant of the virus so that we can try and stop it spreading. Please do not have a lateral flow test – these are not as accurate and cannot be genotyped, so may miss cases of these new variants.

You can book a PCR test at your local government testing centre here: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test Added to this, we will be providing additional PCR testing in Leek. More information about this will be available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/variantinleek

If you or anyone in your household tests positive, the entire household will need to isolate for 10 days. We will also trace any close contacts to help stop the spread of infection.

If you have already been asked to isolate, you must continue to do so regardless of your test result.

We are also asking those who are eligible for vaccination, to get their vaccine as soon as possible. We are working with the NHS to bring forward vaccinations for Leek residents and again more information will be available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/variantinleek when these plans are finalised.

It remains important to do everything we can to ensure we stop the spread of Covid. By taking precautions, testing regularly, isolating where necessary, and getting vaccinated we have an opportunity to prevent further cases and avoid any delay to the easing of lockdown.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richard Harling
Director for Health and Care
Staffordshire County Council

COVID-19 Leek Schools – June 2021

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