New primary joins growing list of Renfrewshire schools with Covid-19 cases

St John Ogilvie Primary is the latest school among many in Renfrewshire at the centre of Covid-19 cases.

An alert was put out today by health bosses revealing the school, in Paisley’s Hawkhead, was at the centre of a “Test and Protect” operation.

On Saturday the Paisley Daily Express revealed a whole raft of schools now have cases.

That includes a cluster at St Andrew’s Academy which has 22 victims.

Though St John Ogilvie is now closed until next Tuesday as part of the October holidays, close contacts of those affected are being tracked down.

There are only seven classes and just under 200 pupils.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde did not reveal if it was pupils, staff or a mixture of both who are involved.

Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, said contact tracing was underway.

She said: “Working closely with the school and local authority, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has carried out a careful risk assessment to establish a list of close contacts within the school.

“All close contacts are being advised to self-isolate as a precaution and being given appropriate advice and support.

“Robust control measures are in place at the school, and there is currently no evidence of transmission within the school itself.”

St John Ogilvie joins Castlehead and Gleniffer high schools in Paisley, St Benedict’s High, in Linwood, and primaries Mossvale and Ralston, in Paisley, and Kirklandneuk, in Renfrew, to have cases in the last week.

Daily Record – Paisley