MIL-OSI Translation: Covid-19: no cluster at Numa-Droz college in La Chaux-de-Fonds

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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

Source: Canton of Neuchatel Switzerland

03.03.2021

The screening carried out at the Numa-Droz college in La Chaux-de-Fonds last week helped to rule out fears of an outbreak. Among the approximately 550 students and teachers who voluntarily submitted to a PCR saliva test, two asymptomatic students were detected positive for Covid-19, in addition to the 7 other cases already known. The health authorities were keen to avoid any risk of transmission of the virus inside and outside the Canton during school holidays.

In order to prevent any epidemic outbreak during school holidays, the cantonal public health service (SCSP) decided last week to carry out targeted and extended screening to all students, teachers and administrative and technical staff of the college. Numa-Droz in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Several students from eight groups and classes of cycle 3 at this establishment had indeed tested positive for Covid-19 the previous days (1st circle), including some with the new so-called “British” variant (B.1.1.7) which spread more easily.

Also, in collaboration with school authorities and Civil Protection, 443 students as well as 109 school teachers and staff were invited to be tested between Wednesday 24 and Friday 26 February. Among these students, nearly a quarter of them (103) considered to be in close contact (2nd circle) with the positive cases were placed in quarantine. The screening detected the presence of the coronavirus in one of them, even though he was not showing any symptoms. This case resulted in isolation and quarantine of close contacts.

For the other students as well as the teachers and collaborators (3rd circle of contacts), the extended screening system made it possible to identify a student positive for Covid-19. A measure of isolation and quarantine of close contacts was also served by the cantonal doctor. The origin of this contamination does not seem to come from the school environment but from the family.

Only pupils for whom the legal representatives had given their written consent were tested. Free PCR saliva tests were carried out by school nurses and duly trained Haute Ecole Arc Santé students.

This cantonal system of targeted tests, deployed for the first time in the canton, can be reactivated quickly for colleges, classes or groupings of classes, if the health situation requires it. The legal representatives of all Neuchâtel pupils in compulsory and post-compulsory schools have received a letter informing them and expressly asking them for possible opposition.

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