The Maraval RC School

The Maraval Roman Catholic Primary School has reached out to the parents of pupils attending the school, to confirm that a fifth standard pupil has tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The case, and what it has triggered, was disclosed during Saturday Health Ministry virtual press conference.

As many as 300 people will have to be contacted, tested and possibly quarantined as a result of the child attending school while exhibiting symptoms that later turned out to be Covid-19.

The child and his family are now being treated at the Caura Hospital.

In a letter to parents, the school said that the last time any student or school staff member would have been in direct contact with the student who tested positive would have been Wednesday July 22.

The school stated: “As was advised by the Chief Medical Officer in today's Media briefing, all students of the standard five class are to remain under quarantine. Quarantine means that the student does not leave his/her home nor interact with any other person who is not a member of his/her own household."

The Express was told that the SEA teachers were also quarantined.

According to the advisory: "Furthermore, we have been advised that a representative from the Ministry of Health or the Regional Health Authority will be in direct contact with the parent/guardian of each standard five student over the weekend to inform on the date, time and location when the student will be tested, via a swab sample taken from the back of the throat, for COVID-19.

This exercise starts tomorrow (Sunday) and will include all members of the teaching staff and all other personnel who were on duty at the school during this week. In addition, the school will be fumigated and professionally sanitized on Monday. The RC Parish Church, which is on the same compound as the school, will also be fumigated and sanitized, although the students did not have access to the Church this past week.

Out of an abundance of caution, all Masses at the Parish Church have been cancelled for this weekend, with immediate effect. Once more, we encourage everyone to remain vigilant regarding the onset of any new flu-like symptoms and to use the COVID-19 HOTLINE (877-WELL) for further advice.”