Fifth case of coronavirus confirmed at York school – but only one other person has to self-isolate

A Covid-19 test prepared for analysis in the laboratory at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside. Photograph: Peter Byrne / PA Wire
22 Oct 2020 @ 8.48 pm
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A fifth coronavirus case has been confirmed at a York school today (Thursday).

Huntington School revealed that another member of the school community had tested positive for Covid-19.

In a letter home to parents headteacher John Tomsett says: “We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school community. This is our fifth confirmed case.

“We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

“The encouraging news is that due to the strong emphasis in our school upon keeping socially distant from each other, only one other person has had to self-isolate as a result of this fifth positive case of Covid-19.

“The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.”

Of the previous four cases at Huntington School, one was in Year 13, two in Year 11 and one in Year 10.

Mr Tomsett said the school was “in close contact with Public Health in York and are following official advice to the letter. Indeed, PHY complimented us upon our strict hygiene systems.”