School worker with Covid-19 ‘told they had hay fever’

School worker with Covid-19 'told they had hay fever'

School worker with Covid-19 ‘told they had hay fever’

An employee at a Doncaster secondary school who tested positive for Covid-19 had previously been told they only had hay fever,

The individual, who was initially described by Outwood Academy Danum as a “member of the academic community”, is currently recovering from the virus.

The school closed on Tuesday to allow for a deep clean, and is looking at re-opening around the 29th of June.

It is understood that the member of staff attended A&E on Saturday June 13 and underwent a number of tests.

But, they were not tested for coronavirus, and went home with a diagnosis of a hay fever allergy.

The member of staff is thought to be in recovery, although still very unwell.

Now, the school has released further details over the closure.

A spokesperson has said that the person affected was in the academy on Monday June 15, and returned a positive test on the Saturday June 20.

They added:

“This closure allows us to perform yet another deep clean of the academy, having undergone such a task on June 19, to limit any chance of the virus spreading.

“As social distancing, and every other aspect of official government guidance, was maintained throughout the time the now unwell Outwood Family member was in the academy, the likelihood of anyone else becoming ill is significantly decreased.

“However, as we now operate in bubbles, it is important that the students and staff within the unwell person’s bubble self-isolate for 14 days after this possible contact.

“Other Outwood Family members outside this bubble, who did not come into contact with the unwell colleague, have no need to self-isolate.

“We are excited to open our doors on June 29, to see the smiles again on the faces of our students and staff, and we will continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of our Outwood Family.”


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