A FIFTH Barry school has alerted its parents and carers that a confirmed case of coronavirus has been identified.

Palmerston Primary School head teacher, Katy Edwards notified the school community on Thursday, September 24.

Whitmore High School, Oak Field Primary, Jenner Park Primary, and High Street Primary have already informed parents of incidences and a requirement for a number of staff and pupils to self-isolate (pupils 10 days) and all other household members for 14 days.


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In her letter, Mrs Edwards said: "NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect has been informed of a confirmed case of covid-19 (coronavirus) in Palmerston Primary School.

"Palmerston Primary School remains open.

"It is working closely with Public Health Wales, the Local Authority and NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect to ensure that all the appropriate measures are in place to protect students, staff and the wider community.

"This letter is to inform you of the current situation and to provide advice on how to support your child.

"All close contacts of the case have been identified and have received appropriate advice to self-isolate."

As a precaution, advice has been issued to being alert for any symptoms of covid-19.

Symptoms include a new or continuous cough; a high temperature; and a loss of or change to sense of smell or taste.

If your child develops any of these symptoms, even if mild, book a test for them by phoning 119 or through the online portal https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

Inform the school that they are unwell with covid-19 symptoms and that you have requested a test.

Your child should self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started.

All other household members should isolate for 14 days from when your child developed symptoms.

Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but if you require medical advice please contact NHS 111 or telephone your GP; if there is a medical emergency phone 999.

Follow the advice provided when your child receives their test result.

To reduce the risk of covid19 spreading, wash hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.

Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Children should wash hands as soon as they get home.

Children should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze; and used tissues should be placed in a bin immediately with hands washed afterwards.

Further information on symptoms and self-isolation can be found on https://gov.wales/symptoms-and-self-isolation-contact-tracing

Further formation on Test, Trace, Protect can be found at https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus

For general information on covid-19, visit https://gov.wales/protect-yourself-others-coronavirus

The covid-19 online symptom checker can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do via https://gov.wales/check-if-you-need-coronavirus-medical-help

The Barry & District News has contacted the Vale council for details of who is affected to assist parents expressing concerns.