Letter goes out to students after confirmed coronavirus case at New College

By Jamie Hill - 22 September 2020

College & Higher Education

The Deputy Principal of New College Swindon Adam Fahey has sent out a letter to students after a staff member at the Queens Drive site tested positive for covid-19. The college has assured all students that there has been no close contact identified and that it remains open. The letter reads:

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 affecting a staff member on the Queens Drive campus at New College Swindon.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England and Swindon Borough Council Public Health. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice going forward. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

No close contacts have been identified. The College remains open and, providing you remain well, you can continue to attend College as normal during your designated Week A or B schedule. We will keep this under review And we would like to reassure you that the College has robust procedures in place across its sites to minimise the risk of spread. These include signage, one way systems, allocated entrances, additional hand sanitisers, the wearing of masks in corridors and communal areas and additional cleaning rotas throughout the day.


What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID 19

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should organise to be tested via the NHS online portal or by calling 119. Your household should isolate until you receive the test results giving the all clear.


Symptoms of COVID 19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19



  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards


Flu vaccination

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you and your family to have the flu vaccination if you are eligible for this, especially if you are in a risk group. You can find out about risk groups and whether you are eligible for a flu vaccine at the NHS Flu vaccine overview.


Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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