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Second person from a Carlisle school tests positive for Coronavirus

The headteacher at Trinity School in Carlisle has confirmed that a second person within the 'school community' has tested positive for COVID-19. Credit: ITV Border

A second case of Coronavirus has been confirmed at Cumbria's largest secondary school.

The headteacher at Trinity School in Carlisle has confirmed that a second person within the 'school community' has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a letter to parents on Wednesday 11 March, Jo Hawkin said that Public Health England PHE will be investigating the new case, to determine whether there are other possible sources.

Ms Hawkin also reiterated the importance of protecting the new patient's privacy at this early stage.

I am writing to let you know that I have been contacted by Public Health England (PHE) this evening to let me know that a second member of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19.

As before it is important to protect the privacy of this individual.

PHE have told us that they will be investigating this new case tomorrow, to check whether there are other possible sources.

They will trace contacts as before and may ask us to help with providing information to anyone affected."

– Jo Hawkin, Headteacher
Headteacher Hawkin said the school will remain open, but understands that concern around the virus is causing anxiety. Credit: ITV Border

Headteacher Hawkin said the school will remain open, but understands that concern around the virus is causing anxiety.

The school is giving parents the option to keep their children at home, should they wish to, given the extenuating circumstances, but reiterated that they are following advice from Public Health England.

Ms Hawkin says the move to keep the school open is to limit the disruption to pupils with upcoming exams, allowing them to continue their studies.

We have been told by PHE there is no need to close the school. However, we do understand that some parents are concerned and that this is causing anxiety for some students.

Our plan is that school will be remain open tomorrow, but if you feel the need to keep your child off school until we are able to provide more information, after PHE have completed their investigation, we will be able to authorise absence in these extremely unusual circumstances. We feel that it is important to follow the advice from Public Health England and to give the opportunity for students, particularly in Year 11 and 13, to continue with their studies."

– Jo Hawkin, Headteacher

An orthodontist surgery in Carlisle say they will not see any patients who attend Trinity School for at least 14 days.

Smileville Orthodontist released a statement on Facebook: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused and the decision has not been taken lightly but we must put the welfare of our staff and patients first.

"We are closely monitoring the situation and any further outbreaks will also be dealt with in the same way.

"If you are affected by this in any way please contact the practice to rearrange any appointments."

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As of Wednesday 11 March, there were 10 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the ITV Border region Credit: ITV News
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Cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in Cumbria. (As of Wednesday 11 March)
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Cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in the Scottish Borders. (As of Wednesday 11 March)

As of Wednesday 11 March, there were 10 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the ITV Border region, seven in Cumbria and two in the Scottish Borders.

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