CONTACT tracing is underway at a nursery, two primary schools and a high school in Forth Valley after individuals tested positive for coronavirus.

NHS Forth Valley’s Test and Protect team are working at Maddiston Nursery (Falkirk), St Francis Xavier’s Primary School (Falkirk), Riverside Primary School and St Modan’s High School (both Stirling).

Initial information suggests the virus was contracted outside of the establishments and there is no evidence at this stage of any transmission within these premises.

A release from NHS Forth Valley said: “The individuals who have tested positive for the virus are self-isolating at home along with the rest of their household.

“To respect and maintain patient confidentiality, no further details will be given.

“Close contacts of the individuals have been identified and advised to self-isolate in line with national guidance.

“Robust control measures were already in place to protect the health of pupils and staff and all three schools and the nursery remain open.”

Dr Graham Foster, the area’s director of public health, said: “We are seeing more cases of Covid-19 in local communities across Forth Valley and it’s therefore really important that everyone follows the national guidance to protect themselves and others.

“Please follow the FACTs guidance: wear a face covering when advised, avoid crowded places, wash your hands and any hard surfaces regularly, stay two metres apart and self-isolate and book a test if you develop any of the symptoms of Covid-19.”