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Advice on Coronavirus

Dear Parents,
I have been provided with the following information from the Government of Jersey.

The advice from Public Health England (PHE) has been updated to ask people arriving from any of the dozen or so Northern Italian towns under specific containment measures (see below for details) to stay at home and isolate themselves from other people for 14 days, even if they have no flu-like symptoms.

To confirm, Public Health England has updated its list of Category 1 countries. Anyone arriving in Jersey from mainland China (not just Hubei), Iran, South Korea or from the specific towns locked down in Northern Italy (see below), should self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival, whether or not they have symptoms.

These Northern Italian towns:
• Codogno
• Castiglione d’Adda
• Casalpusterlengo
• Fombio
• Maleo
• Somaglia
• Bertonico
• Terranova dei Passerini
• Castelgerundo
• San Fiorano)
• Vo’ Euganeo

Anyone arriving recently from all other affected countries (listed below) should only self-isolate if they have symptoms:
• Thailand
• Japan
• Hong Kong
• Taiwan
• Singapore
• Malaysia
• Macau
• Vietnam
• Cambodia
• Laos
• Myanmar

A helpline – (01534) 445566 – is available for anybody in Jersey who is concerned that they may have symptoms of Coronavirus. The line is open between 8.30am and 11pm. Islanders who contact the number outside of these times, or who phone and the line is busy, can leave a message and their call will be returned.

Consultant Microbiologist, Dr Ivan Muscat, said: “Our clinicians are working hard to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and we can all play our part by following advice. We should self-isolate where appropriate, call the helpline and not turn up unannounced at the GP’s surgery or Emergency Department, and practice basic hygiene. Washing hands regularly, ensuring surface and touch-surface hygiene, and using tissues when we cough and sneeze plays a critical role in minimising the spread of viruses like this.”

Islanders who develop a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days of travel from countries affected by Coronavirus (COVID -19) should call the helpline for assistance and to arrange testing.

People are reminded that they should self-isolate and not attend the Emergency Department or their GP surgery unannounced.

People who have travelled from an affected country and feel very unwell, should call an ambulance and state their travel history, but they are asked not to go to the GP or the Emergency Department without contacting them first.

Hygiene measures at JCG

Simple hygiene practices can reduce the spread of viruses. Students and staff are reminded to:
• always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
• wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel around the College, to kill germs

Lucca Trip
Our forthcoming trip to Lucca, Italy, will go ahead as planned unless the guidance changes. Lucca is in Tuscany and is not affected. We will of course abide by advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Public Health England.

Trips off -island at Easter
We strongly advise against students travelling to any of the countries listed above over the Easter holidays. This advice is especially important for girls in Year 11 and Year 13, whose GCSE and A Level exams begin shortly after the start of the summer term.

We remain extremely grateful for everyone’s understanding. The wellbeing of our whole school community is of the utmost importance and I am sure you will join me in supporting everyone during this time. We will continue to keep you informed as the situation and official advice changes. Should you wish to discuss any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Carl Howarth