George Town Primary School will be closed for classes on Tuesday following confirmation that one of its Year 6 students has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a press release issued early on Tuesday morning, Public Health officials and the Ministry of Education have activated their planned response measures, in line with the current Public Health COVID-19 protocols following a report by Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee that the student had returned a positive result.

This latest local transmission is the fourth to be reported since last Thursday.

“Since receiving notification late Monday evening that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19, we, along with Public Health, have immediately activated our Continuity of Operations Plan for schools. In consultation with Public Health authorities, our staff will be on the ground at GTPS to oversee the implementation of the appropriate measures, and to provide support and guidance where needed,” Director of Education Services Mark Ray said in the statement.

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The school, in an advisory on Monday night, issued the following Health Services Authority testing schedule for parents, students and staff:

  • Reception: 8am in the hall
  • Year 6: 8am in their classrooms
  • Year 1: 9am in the hall
  • Year 2: 10am in the hall
  • Year 3: 11am in the hall
  • Year 4: Noon in the hall
  • Year 5: 1pm in the hall

The ministry is advising students and their families to remain at home until their scheduled testing time.

The school said, out of an abundance of caution, school buses will not run on Tuesday, and parents and students are advised to attend school for testing via private vehicles.

Students and accompanying family members are asked to wear masks and take all precautions around hand hygiene and physical distancing.

The ministry noted that school facilities and buses will be sanitised, and also advised that families will be supported by the school counsellor and other staff.

“I want to reassure the community that Public Health is doing everything to ensure the safety of our students. We can all appreciate that this is a very difficult time for many of us in the community. However, it is best not to spread misinformation, and to cooperate with Public Health officials at this time. I am thankful that we are a highly vaccinated community, which will serve us well during times like these,” said Lee in the statement.

George Town Primary School will remain closed until it receives clearance to return to school from Public Health, the statement noted.

Earlier on Monday, health officials stated that there were 16 positive test results among travellers. Of those, five were vaccinated and three were on the shortest five-day quarantine period.

Health officials are still trying to ascertain the source of the three local COVID-19 transmissions reported last week. None of the three had travelled over the past month, Lee stated in a press conference on Friday.

You can listen to Dr. Lee’s message here:

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4 COMMENTS

  1. The variants of COVID “will” be in our community (whether it be Mu or Delta or whatever is next) and we all need to learn to accept that. It’s the whole reason we have the vaccine. Get the vax and the eventual booster and use best practices as COVID remains a part of our lives going forward – just like it is in the UK, Canada the US and other places going about their business as usual.

  2. Thank you to all the quarantine breachers. Months and months of hard work, all coming undone because of a few very stupid human beings.

    And where is our enforcement – no where to be seen, well done commissioner, maybe if you have some time between sunset helicopter flights and sun tanning you could actually start enforcing the breaches that would be appreciated. Might prevent community spread by groups of people who just don’t care about others.

    While you at it, maybe pull some cars over for speeding, check license and insurance of the ones with old plates on, arrest the dui’s – might save some lives.

    As for the first spread to a senior citizen – No travelers in all her contacts – guess contact tracing is as good as people are honest.

  3. Quote from the article on the 16 travelers testing positive and Dr Lee’s response concerning the recent community spread: Getting vaccinated, the CMO said, is the best protection against COVID-19 disease and “I believe we are already seeing this play through this incident”. Are all the teachers and staff at schools vaccinated to protect the children? As Frank S states above, get the vaccine so that you can move on as Covid remains part of our lives in the future.