A primary school in Hoddesdon informed parents today that a relative of one of the school’s pupils contracted coronavirus.
The boy, who attends Westfield C.P School, on Westfield Road, is later self-isolating himself with the rest of the family as a precaution.
Despite the news, the school decided to remain open after receiving advice from the government, Public Health England and the Herts County Council.
Today the school sent a letter to parents (Friday 13 March), indicating the news.
They also stated that the relative does not live in Hoddesdon and has not visited the school or has had contact with the child for more than three weeks.
The family, however, follows the advice of self-isolation from the necessary health officials.
In a letter to parents and caregivers, seen from Herordshire Mercury, Principal Tim Bowden assured that, although the news is relevant, all necessary steps have been taken so far.
He wrote: “I am writing to inform you that a relative of an out-of-school child has been diagnosed with Covid-19 (coronavirus). The relative does not live in our local community, has not visited the school and the last contact between the child and the relative was 24 days ago.
“The child and the family in question have self-isolated following the advice they have received and I am working closely with the family to ensure that communication is open and that the necessary precautions are taken.
“We fully understand that this news will be of interest to you, as it is to us as a school. We have taken all the measures set by the County Council of Hertfordshire, NHS 111, Public Health England and The Government to address the situation.
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“We have been given a clear direction not to close school. Furthermore, we have not been asked to take further measures in relation to this situation. “
As of 9:00 yesterday (March 12), there have been 18 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Hertfordshire which have made it the local authority with the most COVID-19 cases in the UK outside London. There are currently 590 confirmed cases in the UK.
Hatfield, Watford, Letchworth, Stevenage and Harpenden are all locations in the county with confirmed cases.
Yesterday it was revealed that a Hertfordshire paramedic tested positive for the COVID-19 test.
A patient from Lister Stevenage hospital and a student from the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, also tested positive for the virus.
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