New cases of Covid at Elliot, BHS and Warwick Academy
A second potential Covid-19 case has been identified at Elliot Primary School and a case has been identified at Bermuda High School.
It comes as a new case was reported at Warwick Academy where the secondary department will go into remote learning tomorrow and Friday.
A letter to parents from the Department of Health today said: “This letter is to inform you that the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU) is aware today of a potential COVID-19 exposure at Warwick Academy.
“The person confirmed with COVID-19 has been isolated. The ESU is contacting confirmed close contacts. These persons are being advised that they must quarantine and get tested for Covid-19.”
The potential case at Elliot was identified overnight, a Ministry of Health spokeswoman said today.
Parents and guardians of students attending BHS were sent a letter from Linda Parker, head of school informing them that a case was identified in the secondary department, that the student has been isolated and the entire year group has been sent home.
Ms Parker wrote: “Close contacts will be notified by the Health Department and advised on next steps. We have made the decision to move the entire secondary department to remote learning from tomorrow, for the remainder of the term.
“Any secondary students, not in the affected year group, who need supervisory care will be accommodated in the Innovation Centre, in year group specific classrooms.
“The primary department will continue to have face-to-face teaching, until the end of the term.“
The Minister of Education, Diallo Rabain said: “Last week, the Ministry of Education introduced enhanced safety and health protocols by immediately using saliva testing for those deemed casual contacts.
“A saliva test is a screening tool used to detect a potential COVID-19 infection. The Ministry supports this extra layer of testing to catch any potential infections within casual contacts. It has worked as was hoped. Of the 99 persons at Elliot tested this way on Monday, we have one potential positive.
"Following the salvia test, any person identified as a potential positive must be tested using a nasal pharyngeal or throat swab to confirm the saliva test results.
“Out of caution, students and associated teachers in this second P4 year must also be tested and re-tested again on or after Day14, which falls on April 6. We ask that parents please speak with their doctors about getting tested.
“The Ministry of Health will provide an assessment and further advice once these test results are completed. Negative test results by a particular child or teacher will not automatically mean release from quarantine. The Ministry of Health will inform the school and affected families on updates to the recommended public health measures.”