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Pupil tested positive for COVID19 at Maricourt High School in Maghull

Responding to a pupil being tested positive for COVID-19 at Maricourt High School in Maghull, a Sefton Council spokesperson said:

“We are aware of the situation at Maricourt High School in Maghull, where a pupil has tested positive for COVID 19.

“The child had not showed any symptoms of Coronavirus, but following National Guidance, had taken a test immediately after being informed that a family member had tested positive.  The child stayed off school while awaiting the results and has been off since.

“The pupil was part of a small cohort of key workers’ children attending school, all following strict social distancing rules, meaning the possibility of further infection is limited. However, following a risk assessment, a number of close contacts were identified and advised to self-isolate at home, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.  They have been informed of signs and symptoms and how to obtain a test should they become symptomatic.

“The school is currently in contact with the local Public Health team, Public Health England and the Infection Prevention Control team, who have advised on what health and safety measures need to be taken and on a cleaning regime which is currently underway.

“We commend the school for following the correct protocol and guidance which has meant that we can take swift and appropriate action to protect children and families.

“The school has been advised to take appropriate public health measures to ensure it is safe for other pupils and staff to attend as normal. However, if anyone does develop symptoms, which include a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss or change to their sense of taste or smell, they should self-isolate straight away.”