Single case of COVID-19 at Petroc

Advice to students

We have been made aware of a member of our college community who has tested positive for COVID-19 at our North Devon campus (Old Sticklepath Hill). 

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a mild illness.

The small number of students who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) are being contacted and will receive an email informing them that they must stay at home for 14 days. Other members of the household may continue normal activities provided the young person does not develop symptoms during the 14 day period.

The college remains open, so if you have not received an email, you should continue to attend as normal.


What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 

If you are a student and you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must not come to college and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when your symptoms first appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119.  

All household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further guidance on staying at home can be found on the Government website.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. 

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping, picking up medication or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.



The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If you do develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the NHS website. If you are concerned about your symptoms, or they are worsening, you can seek advice from NHS 111 online or by phoning 111.


How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you, and anyone you live with, getting ill with COVID-19.


  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards


Further Information

Further information is available on the NHS website.

If you have any concerns or would like further information, please email the Pandemic Advisory Group at 


07 OCTOBER 2020