Dear Parents of Children in R Red,
Advice for Children close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases
We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within R Red.
We have identified that your child may have been in close contact with the affected case. In line with the local guidance we recommend that your child has a PCR test (if they have not tested positive in the last 90 days). Please book online at: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Your child can continue normal activities whilst awaiting the PCR result, including attending school, unless they develop symptoms. Please see advice for symptomatic individuals below. However, whilst awaiting the PCR result we recommend your child takes a daily lateral flow test before attending school/setting.
In addition to the PCR test, we are advising children and parents to undertake lateral flow tests twice weekly as a minimum (unless they have tested positive in the last 90 days). For information regarding access to lateral flow tests see:
Should the PCR (or any lateral flow testing) yield a positive result, we would ask that your child isolate and follow national “Stay at Home” guidance:
We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community. If you need support with isolation, please contact your local Council For Coventry the contact is 08085 834 333.
Please see below guidance for if your child/anyone in the household develops COVID-19 symptoms.
What to do if you/your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
For most people, especially children, COVID-19 will be a mild illness.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If anyone in the household develops any of these symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and arrangements should be made for them to be tested. This should be an NHS PCR test taken at a test site and NOT a rapid test taken at a community testing site (an LFT test). Household members of the symptomatic individual who are over 18 years and 6 months and not fully vaccinated, must also stay at home whilst awaiting the PCR result – they should not go to work, school or public areas, even for exercise.
When the result of the test is known further advice will be available.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus