Dear Parent or Guardian,

We are monitoring the situation in Rockwell College Residence regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19 and will follow the HSE advice as listed on the HSE website.

The advice given at present is as follows:

If, in the past 14 days, an individual has:

• travelled to Ireland from any of the identified affected countries/regions e.g Italy, Tenerife.

• been in contact with a person who has novel Coronavirus, or

• attended a hospital/healthcare facility where patients with novel Coronavirus are being treated

PLEASE INFORM US IMMEDIATELY

AND

If they feel well and do not have any symptoms of respiratory disease, they need to:

Phone the local Department of Public Health for advice. Staff at the local Department of Public Health will provide them with information on coronavirus and advise them on what to do if you become sick. Contact details for Departments of Public Health can be found at:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html (correct of 25/2/20)

However

If in the past 14 days, an individual has:

 travelled to Ireland from any of the identified areas above, or

 been in contact with a person who has novel Coronavirus, or

 attended a hospital/healthcare facility where patients with novel Coronavirus are being treated


AND they feel unwell, especially with respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing), then they should:

isolate themselves (i.e. stay separate from other people) and phone their GP immediately – giving their GP their travel history and symptoms. A GP should be contacted by phone rather than arriving at the GP’s surgery without contacting them so that they don’t put staff or other patients at risk of infection. Your GP will advise you of the next steps over the phone.

I wish to reassure parents that everything will be done in accordance to the protocols set down by the HSE.

Deirdre O’Connor

Residence Manager, Rockwell College +353 626 4184 www.rockwellcollege.ie