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Derbyshire Director of Public Health sends message of thanks to parents and carers

Dean Wallace. Image credit: Derbyshire County Council.

Parents and carers have been praised for their efforts over the past year by Derbyshire's Director of Public Health Dean Wallace. 

In a letter to them, he acknowledged how difficult the school year has been for many, with families and school communities having to deal with children having to self-isolate, undertake home schooling and adjusting to new rules. 

“Your efforts to follow the guidance are making a real difference and helping to reduce the spread of the virus in Derbyshire," he wrote.

He is now urging parents to be vigilant as those testing positives for the Delta variant have other symptoms aside from a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – which are the main symptoms of coronavirus. 

The additional symptoms are:  

• tummy ache 

 • sore throat 

• headaches 

• runny nose 

• sneezing 

• joint pain 

• muscle aches or generally feeling poorly. 

• loss of appetite 

• diarrhoea 

• feeling or being sick 

• muscle ache 

• feeling drowsy 

• tiredness 

Anyone in the school or early years community who has any of the symptoms is advised to get a PCR test - tests that are sent to a laboratory. 

These can be booked online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling NHS 119. You can book an appointment at a test centre or order a home PCR testing kit (not the quick 30-minute lateral flow tests). 

Anyone who needs financial or practical help to self-isolate there support is available and can be found through the Derbyshire County Council website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk

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