It follows a significant outbreak of COVID-19 among staff and students at Wilsthorpe School in Long Eaton.
So far none of the 177 staff and pupils at the school who have tested positive have been found to have these variants – a new Indian variant and the South African variant that spread more easily.
You can find the latest information about the case rate in Long Eaton in our weekly Derbyshire COVID-19 tracking report.
Find out more about the variants of concern in Long Eaton.
We understand you will find this concerning but I'd like to reassure you that we are working closely with the school and Public Health England to take appropriate action to minimise the spread.
You can help if you live or work in the area by remaining cautious. We're asking everyone in the community to get tested twice a week as one in 3 people can have the virus without displaying symptoms. And we're urging people to continue to follow the 'hands, face, space, fresh air' rules – as this is the most effective way to control the spread of all variants of coronavirus.
Thanks to everyone who has come forward for regular testing so far.
All positive cases and contacts reported to us are being asked to self-isolate and follow the necessary guidance.
All public health, environmental health and infection, prevention and control actions have been implemented, including a deep clean of the entire school which reopened this week.
The main coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. But some people with a direct link to the school who have tested positive for the virus have experienced other symptoms including tummy ache, sore throat, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, feeling or being sick, headaches, joint pain, runny nose, sneezing, feeling drowsy, tiredness, muscle aches or generally feeling poorly.
Please look out for these symptoms if you live or work in the area as they may be a sign that you have got the coronavirus.
You do not need to self-isolate unless you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. But anyone who does have any of the additional symptoms is advised to get a PCR test – tests that are sent to a laboratory – as a precaution.
Self-isolation means you must stay at home and shouldn't mix with anyone. If you or your child has to self-isolate you may be eligible for financial support.
A mobile PCR testing station has been set up in the car park outside West Park Leisure Centre on Wilsthorpe Road. This drive-through testing station is open 9am to 3pm daily and will be available until at least Wednesday 2 June 2021. There is also a walk-in facility for anyone who does not have a car. These tests are by appointment only. You can book a PCR test at this site or order a test to be delivered to your home or ring NHS 119.
Anyone who has got a positive result from a lateral flow test should self-isolate immediately but may leave the house to take a confirmatory PCR test.
Tests are also available for people without any symptoms at our community testing centre inside the leisure centre. This testing centre for people without any symptoms only is open Monday to Friday from 7.45am to 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 7.45am to 4pm. There's no need to book these sessions, you can just turn up.
It is really important that we all do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Please remember to follow the guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 by washing hands regularly, wearing face coverings when required (unless exempt), and keeping apart from people from other households.
Help to stop the spread
We are all looking forward to more freedoms on the roadmap out of lockdown but it's important to remember that COVID-19 has not gone away.
There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and would urge everyone to follow the national guidance to help keep everyone safe.
Please continue to:
- hands: wash your hands regularly
- face: wear a face covering when dropping off and collecting your child and in enclosed spaces, such as shops and public transport
- space: keep 2 metres apart from people not in your household wherever possible
- ventilation: keep windows and doors open
- vaccination: please get both vaccinations when invited by the NHS
Thanks for doing your bit to keep Derbyshire safe.