More than 1,600 children and school staff are self-isolating following positive coronavirus cases at schools across Warwickshire.

There are currently 1,690 pupils and staff in self-isolation as of 10am this morning (October 14) according to the latest data from Warwickshire County Council.

The figures also state that there are 43 schools in Warwickshire that have positive Covid-19 cases.

This is out of 232 schools across the county.

A county council spokesperson added that the picture is ever-changing.

“It changes as pupils/staff period of self-isolation come to an end and more cases are detected,” the Shire Hall spokesperson said.

News about the number of schools impacted by coronavirus comes as Dr Shade Agboola Director of Public Health Warwickshire appealed to people to stick to the rules to stop the spread of the virus.

She said that the ‘steep rise’ in positive cases across the county has been caused by households mixing and flouting the ‘rule of six’.

She said that while Warwickshire is currently in tier 1, which is a medium level alert, the situation could change if people do not take the virus ‘more seriously’.

With this in mind, she has issued an appeal to all residents.

“At present we are on medium alert, but as cases continue to rise, things could easily change and we could have further restrictions imposed upon us if we don’t take the virus more seriously,” she said.

“I know it has been a difficult year for all of us, but unless we reduce the contacts we make, the virus will continue to spread. In Warwickshire we have seen a steep rise in cases of in-house transmissions.

“This is attributed to people visiting homes of friends or family and being lulled into a false sense of security that the rules of social distancing do not apply as they are in a safe and familiar environment. Unfortunately, this has led to people spreading the virus from one family to another. “

Advice

Residents are urged to continue to:

  • Wash your hands regularly and when that’s not possible use hand sanitiser
  • Keep at least two metres from people you don’t live with
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed places, on public transport and in shops unless you are exempt
  • Know the symptoms of Covid-19 and book a test as soon as symptoms appear
  • Follow the rules and self-isolate if you have symptoms, if you have a positive Covid test or if you are asked to by the NHS Test and Trace service

  • Download the NHS Test and Trace App and leave your details when at social venues

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