Five students from schools in the Leiria region tested positive for covid-19, which led the health authority to place more than 15 young people in prophylactic isolation, it was announced today.
The Public Health coordinator of the Pinhal Litoral Health Center Group, Odete Mendes, confirmed that a positive case was registered at the Professional School of Leiria.
“In the classroom context, in that class there were no risky contacts between students or teachers. But, in the social context, there were nine high-risk contacts, as young people were in a closed space without a mask, so they were placed in prophylactic isolation “, said Odete Mendes.
At Escola Básica 2, 3 D. Dinis, in Leiria, the Parents’ Association announced that a student tested positive, having taken the health authority to put three students in isolation, said Odete Mendes.
The Polytechnic of Leiria confirmed the existence of two positive cases: one at the School of Technology and Management, in Leiria, and another at the School of Tourism and Technology of the Sea, in Peniche.
“Two weeks after the beginning of the classes, we have the confirmation of two positive cases of covid-19. These are two students who acted according to the guidelines of the Polytechnic of Leiria: when presenting symptoms, they immediately contacted the health authorities , having not returned to the respective schools, remaining in isolation “, said the president of the Polytechnic, Rui Pedrosa.
According to Rui Pedrosa, health authorities are “monitoring these situations in a thorough and continuous way”.
“The Polytechnic of Leiria and its schools are acting in accordance with all the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health, namely regarding the sharing of information from potential contagion networks. In this context, one of the classes was prophylactically at home in isolation for two weeks, starting to take distance classes “, said Rui Pedrosa, underlining that” the potential transmission chains are identified “.
On Thursday, a student at Afonso Lopes Vieira High School, in Leiria, disrespected the prophylactic isolation suggested by the health authority and went to the presentation of the school year, while waiting for the test result.
“This student was in the class and still went to the ‘mall’ with friends. In a school context, the social distance was sufficient and they were always wearing a mask. Identifying colleagues who could be classified as being at greater risk, we placed four in prophylactic isolation,” he said Odete Mendes.
In the social context, the doctor said that the young man had three more friends, one of whom from another school in Leiria. “They spent more than 45 minutes without a mask at lunch, so they were also in prophylactic isolation.”
Odete Mendes explained that whenever there is a positive case, a risk assessment is made.
The delegate of health also guaranteed that “there will never be a whole class to be quarantined”, unless “there are many infected”.
“This context is being lived with great concern and tranquility. We hope that students, parents and family members follow the guidelines of the health authorities. Possibly there will be more cases, but if communication is fast, there is ventilation, distance and the use of masks at school, the risk is reduced, “he added.
Portugal accounts for at least 1,920 deaths associated with covid-19 in 69,200 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.