Positive coronavirus case confirmed at Dublin crèche
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Positive coronavirus case confirmed at Dublin crèche

A CRECHE in Co. Dublin has confirmed that one of its members of staff has tested positive for Covid-19.

There are concerns that the staff member may have passed the virus to any one of a number of kids under their care, but no further cases linked to the member of staff have been confirmed yet.

It's understood the staff member was present in the crèche for one day last week and was asymptomatic at the time. The staff member tested positive three days later.

The care facility, which is located on the north-side of the county, also said that it had informed the parents whose children attend the creche of the positive case.

Further testing is now being arranged.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) said in a statement: "The HSE does not comment on individual cases.

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"Where there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 in a childcare setting, the childcare setting is contacted by HSE Public Health who conduct an assessment of the childcare setting, and advice on the management of children and staff who came in contact with the case is based on this assessment."

Speaking in the Dáil last night, Minister Roderic O'Gorman said the Health Service Executive and Tusla's Early Years' Inspectorate were involved.

He said their concern was for the person impacted and to ensure actions had been taken to prevent any spread of the virus.

Mr O'Gorman said guidance from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, the regulator, Tusla and the Department had proved valuable in ensuring appropriate management of the case.