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Rutland director of public health Mike Sandys urges families to regularly test for Covid-19 after Uppingham School outbreak




Rutland's director of public health has urged families to test regularly for Covid-19 after an outbreak at Uppingham School was linked to a countywide increase in cases.

The independent boarding school confirmed on Wednesday they had recorded 32 cases in the school, with almost 600 pupils having to self-isolate as a result.

According to the latest figures, the Covid-19 infection rate in Rutland is four times higher than this time last week, and as of Tuesday, the seven-day infection rate stood at 52.6 per 100,000 people, compared with 12.5 the previous week.

Rutland's Director of Public Health, Mike Sandys
Rutland's Director of Public Health, Mike Sandys

Free lateral flow tests for families with school children were introduced in England in March, but over the past week absences due to Covid in England almost trebled, with more than 170,000 pupils self-isolating as close contacts.

"We are working closely with Public Health England and the school to manage the outbreak," said Mike Sandys, director of public health for Rutland.

“As reflected across the country, cases are more prevalent in younger unvaccinated groups, mainly among older teenagers.

Uppingham School pupils and staff have been asked to self-isolate for 10 days. Picture: Oliver Wilson
Uppingham School pupils and staff have been asked to self-isolate for 10 days. Picture: Oliver Wilson

"Schools across the county have been working hard to implement the latest Covid-19 guidance, but we urge families to keep testing twice a week to help reduce the risk of introducing the virus into schools.

“It’s also important to note that one in three people are asymptomatic and you don’t always need to have symptoms to transmit the virus which is why testing is so important.

"We urge everyone to follow the latest guidance, get vaccinated and remember hands, face and space.”

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