Statement from the Minister for Health on the public health management of cases and contacts and schools.
The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD has today accepted recommendations in relation to measures for contact tracing and testing for childcare and primary
schools. The new measures will come into effect from Monday and have been made following discussions with the National Public Health Emergency Team and the Chief Medical Officer.
Minister Donnelly has accepted the following recommendations, to be implemented from September 27:
Automatic contact tracing of close contacts in childcare facilities and primary education will be discontinued (not including special education facilities).
Minister Donnelly said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have done our utmost to protect our school communities from the serious risks posed by COVID-19. The latest data indicates that schools continue to be a low-risk environment for transmission of COVID-19. As such, I am happy to be in a position today to announce these significant updates to contact tracing in our school environments.
“If you have any concerns or notice symptoms in members of your family, the public health advice remains to self-isolate and arrange a test as soon as possible. You should not attend school, or work or socialise.”
Download statement here: Statement on Close Contact Testing in Schools
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