Wednesday 11 March 2020
RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Further to my letter dated 26 February, I am writing to update you on the latest advice we have received from Public Health England. Firstly, as is the case for all people in all situations currently, we are encouraging all members of our school communities to help in slowing the spread of all germs, including Coronavirus, and protecting themselves by:
carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs or sneezes;
placing the tissue in the bin;
to kill the germs, washing their hands with soap and water, or using a sanitiser gel.
Public Health England (PHE) and Leicestershire County Council have confirmed that a second Leicestershire resident has a confirmed case of COVID-19. PHE and Leicestershire County Council say the risk to the general public remains low.
Latest information as of Tuesday 10 March 2020:
Current guidance is to: Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms:
Hubei province in China
Special care zones in South Korea (Daegu, Cheongdo, Gyeongsan)
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places, even if you do not have symptoms:
Italy (since 09 March)
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, even if your symptoms are mild:
mainland China outside of Hubei province
South Korea outside of the special care zones
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
In all cases, Public Health England advice should be followed.
The latest information on the at risk countries can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novelcoronavirus
I want to reassure you that we are working in close collaboration with both Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils over this issue, and that all of our schools will be following the advice of Public Health England completely.
Chief Executive Officer, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi-Academy Trust