A student tested positive for COVID-19 in Newtown Secondary School at lunchtime today, September 15. The student in question has been isolating since Friday with symptoms.
Principal, Keith Lemon confirmed to the Waterford News & Star on Tuesday afternoon that all known close contacts have been informed. In his statement, he said: ” Our medical staff have been liaising with Public Health and following all protocols and procedures. Within school, all known close contacts have been informed, and Public Health will contact the individuals deemed to require isolation and testing within 24-48 hours. Over the last weeks, our medical team have been working with Public Health, following all procedure of identification of possible cases/isolation and testing. Today is the first positive case, to date all other tests have returned negative and there are no outstanding tests. I would like to thank our medical staff and the very supportive Public Health Team for their ongoing support and guidance.”
Newtown secondary school is the third school in the last two days to announce positive cases, with Waterpark secondary school and the Mercy secondary school having also announced positive cases. All schools remain open, in line with public health advice.