A staff member at a Nuneaton primary school has tested positive for coronavirus.

Warwickshire County Council, which is responsible for public health, has confirmed there has been a positive Covid-19 case at Our Lady and St Joseph’s Catholic Academy.

All staff and students who have had close contact with the staff member have been told to self-isolate.

But it has been stressed that the rest of the Coton Road-based school remains open.

Dr Shade Agboola, Director of Public Health in Warwickshire, said: “We have been notified that a Member of staff at Our Lady and St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Nuneaton has tested positive for Covid-19

“In line with National Public Health advice, all possible close contacts and all staff and students with direct contact with the positive case have been contacted and asked to self-isolate for 14 days by the school. 

“The rest of the school remains safe and open to all other pupils. If you have not been contacted directly, then your child can continue their normal activities.”

She advised anyone who is showing any symptoms should seek a test.

“We would ask that if anyone within a household is showing any symptoms of the virus; a high temperature, a continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste that all household members should self-isolate until that person has been tested and it is negative,” the director added.

It is the fifth school in the town to have a positive case since the start of the new term in September.

St Thomas More School has had a ‘number of cases’ and Stockingford Academy took the action after being notified of a case.

There has also been a case at the Nuneaton Academy, which was forced to tell its Year 8 pupils to go home after one tested positive for the virus.

Health bosses and school officials at Chetwynd Junior School also had a positive case and said that all those who have been in close contact with the pupil have been told to self-isolate for 14 days as per national guidlines.

Health leaders in both Coventry and Warwickshire have already issued warnings to people to ‘act now’ to avoid further spread of the virus.

There has been a health campaign launched in Coventry while Warwickshire’s advice has been to urge everyone to ‘play their part ‘ in stopping transmission and a rise in cases.

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