Parents and carers of children at Preston Tower Primary School, Prestonpans, are this morning being advised in a letter from NHS Lothian that a pupil from the school has tested positive for COVID-19.

A spokesperson for East Lothian Council said:

"We know this will be a worrying time for families. That’s why we are working with NHS Lothian’s Health Protection team and will continue to closely monitor the situation and follow all national guidance and the health advice provided.

“Children who have been in direct contact with the confirmed case have been contacted and will be staying at home for 14 days. 

“The school remains open, in line with expert public health advice. Parents are being advised that, if their child has not been contacted, they should continue to attend school if they remain well. 

“As with all our schools, enhanced cleaning procedures are in place and will continue to be adhered to.”

Anyone who has concerns, for example if they need to book a COVID-19 test because they or their child has developed symptoms, should call the national COVID-19 helpline or go to go to Further advice on COVID-19 testing is available on the NHS Inform website.  A test should only be booked when these symptoms have developed. 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are: 

  • a new continuous cough and/or 
  • a high temperature and/or 
  • a loss of, or change in, taste or smell (anosmia)
Published: Wednesday, 26th August 2020