WOKINGHAM Borough Council has released a statement following the confirmation that someone has tested positive for coronavirus in Reading.

It was revealed last night that a staff member from Willow Bank Infant School had tested positive for the virus.

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Today, Wokingham Borough Council has released a statement about the case.

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Alongside the statement it released advice for those living in the local area.

It said: 

If I live in Wokingham Borough am I at extra risk because of the recent cases?

'We ensure that someone with coronavirus doesn’t put others at risk by treating them in isolation and carefully investigating who they had close contact with through contact tracing.

Contact tracing is a fundamental part of outbreak control that’s used by public health professionals around the world.

If a person tests positive for coronavirus, we speak to the patient to identify anyone who has had close contact with them during the time they are considered to be infectious and go all out to find these people as soon as possible.

Once we have contacted them we can then give them the advice they need. If they are in groups considered to be a higher risk, we make sure that we follow up with them daily to see how they are.  If they become unwell we are then able to assess them quickly and take appropriate action.'

It also detailed the below:

What does self-isolation mean for people who don’t have symptoms?

Just like when you have the flu, individuals should remain at home and should not go to work, school or public areas. Where possible, individuals should avoid having visitors to their home but it is ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food. Individuals should not use public transport or taxis until 14 days after their return from an infected area.

 Individuals should monitor their symptoms and call NHS 111 (or your national alternative) if they develop any of the following symptoms – fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

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