College update: 01 October 2020

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 within the College. This is at our West Durrington Campus.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This update is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your family/child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of people who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that they/their child must stay at home for 14 days. The College and our West Durrington Campus remains open and you/your child should continue to attend as normal if you/they remain well.

What to do if you/your child develops symptoms of COVID-19

If you/your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to college and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Please report this absence to us immediately via the COVID-19 absence reporting form.

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. Please send us a copy of your/your child’s test result via email to covid19.absence@gbmc.ac.uk

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, you can move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If you/your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your/your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Should you have any further questions, please contact our Health and Safety department at h&s@gbmc.ac.uk

Helena Thomas
Principal

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