‘It’s not us’ – Pres Bray denies rumours it has been shut down over Coronavirus
A county Wicklow secondary school was forced to issue a statement denying were the unnamed school shut down because of the coronavirus after rumours spread on social media.
Earlier today, Scoil Chaitriona in Glasnevin, Dublin, closed its doors for two weeks after a student was confirmed as the first COVID-19 virus case in the Republic after recently travelling home from Northern Italy.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) did not name the secondary school in their announcement about the case. They only revealed that it was “in the East of Ireland” which sparked rumours about which school had closed.
Presentation College Bray was forced to issue a statement today saying “the school in question is not Pres Bray” after false rumours circulated on social media.
It is understood dozens of people called the school with concerns about the rumoured coronavirus case.
In a post on their website, the school shared a letter from the Department of Health (pictured below) about the corona virus case and stated that no case of the infection was found in their school and they were open as usual.
The statement said: “Please see the letter below from the chief medical officer Dr. Tony Holohan regarding the confirmed case of coronavirus at the weekend.
“PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCHOOL IN QUESTION IS NOT PRES BRAY. We are open as normal and are following the guidelines set out by the HSE. Please see the HSE website for advice.”
A group of students from the school had recently returned from a skiing trip to Lombardy in Northern Italy, which is at the centre of the worst outbreak of the virus in Europe.
The school has advised students who were on the trip and felt unwell to stay at home but they have emphasised that there are no known cases of the virus in the school community.