NHS Test and Protect teams are carrying out a contact tracing exercise at a Three Towns primary school after an individual connected with the school tested positive for COVID-19.

Pupils and staff at Stanley PS in Ardrossan, who might have come into contact with the individual concerned, are being informed that they have to isolate for 10 days.

Health chiefs said that "every measure is being taken to protect pupils and staff".

Lynne McNiven, Joint Director of Public Health at NHS Ayrshire and Arran confirmed the news to us earlier this morning, she issued the follwing statement: "NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Test & Protect team is currently conducting a contact tracing exercise with links to Stanley Primary in the North Ayrshire Council area. 

"Close contacts identified through this process are being advised to self-isolate for 10 days by the Test and Protect Team.

"We appreciate this is a very worrying time. However, we would like to assure people that every measure is being taken to protect pupils and staff.

"To respect and maintain patient confidentiality it is not possible to release any further information at this time.

"We would like to remind people of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19): new persistent cough; high temperature; and / or loss of taste and smell. Anyone who develops any of these symptoms should book a test and self-isolate immediately.

"Everyone in Ayrshire and Arran is reminded to remember the FACTS guidance:

F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis)

A – Avoid crowded places.

C – Clean your hands frequently, using water & soap whenever possible.

T – Two metres – observe physical distancing.

S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms."