Coronavirus positive childcarer returned to creche days after trip to Spanish hotspot

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A childcare worker returned to her creche in Dublin just days after a trip to Spain – and has since tested positive for coronavirus.

The creche, which this week informed parents there was a confirmed case of coronavirus amongst one of its staff, is a Links Childcare facility in Portmarnock.

And it has emerged the ‘educarer’ had come back from a holiday in her native Spain just two days before she returned to work, failing to self-isolate for the recommended two weeks despite having been abroad in a COVID hotspot, Dublin Live reports.

The woman showed no signs of sickness when she returned to her job and her bosses had no idea she had been to Spain until a concerned co-worker told them.

The young creche staff member – who Dublin Live has learnt is also Spanish – called head office at the end of her shift on the same Monday evening (July 13) to warn them that her co-worker had not self-isolated, despite only having come through Dublin Airport the weekend before.

The carer was immediately contacted that same evening and told not to return to work the following day, but instead to take a test.

The woman was diagnosed with the killer bug three days later, at which point all parents whose children attend the creche were immediately sent an email informing them of the situation.

Unfortunately by that stage, the ‘educarer’ had already completed a full day.

That meant five co-workers had to self-isolate and be tested – as did those children who had been in her direct care on the Monday she was at work – but thankfully it emerged this week that all of them have been given the all clear.

However, while the creche was not required to close under current regulations and did follow all HSE guidelines at all times, the scare has led parents, politicians, and construction industry workers to seek clarity on COVID safety measures.

Three Dublin city centre building sites were forced to close this week following confirmed cases of the killer bug.

Cllr Brian McDonagh told Dublin Live: “I’m being asked by concerned parents how a single case of COVID can result in the closure of a construction site can for a deep clean, and yet a creche can remain open.

”There may be medical or other reasons for this, but they are not immediately apparent to me.”

Dublin Live has made several attempts to contact the Links for comment.

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