What it's like right now for Year 2 households of Red Bay Primary
Sixty households of year 2 students (54) and year 2 teachers (6) of the Red Bay Primary School have been asked to isolate until October 17 as a precautionary measure, after a student in that year received a weak COVID-positive test result on Friday morning.
Households of close contacts have also been asked to isolate as well.
Luckily, all 207 swabs taken from contacts of the child have been negative, but given the incubation period of the illness, these households will still be required to isolate for a total of 14 days from last contact with this positive case and be retested after that-- on Saturday October 17.
For year 2 students and teachers, this means that their households will isolate for a further week as the child has been kept home from school since October 2.
Students will work from home from Monday and are being provided with laptops to continue their work seamlessly.
Luckily, the isolation period coincides with mid-term break starting Thursday.
On Saturday October 17, the households will be tested at the South Sound Community Centre from 9am to midday.
"Parents, siblings and all household members of these children are to remain at home and have no contact with anyone outside the immediate household," said Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, the medical officer of health for the Health Services Authority. "You are not permitted to go to work, nor the supermarket, gym, church or any activity outside your home. Parents who live in a single family dwelling may allow children to play in the yard but not with children from outside the household. Parents who live in apartment complexes or multi-dwelling buildings must ensure that everyone remains inside. No visitors should be allowed in homes."
If anyone begins to experience symptoms, contact the flu hotline at 1-800-534-8600 or 947-3077 or 925-6327.