TRIBUTES have poured in for a dedicated and loving headteacher who died of Coronavirus.

Wendy Jacobs, 58, the headteacher of Roose Community Primary School in Barrow, was being cared for at Furness General Hospital.

In a statement, the chair of governors Fred Chatfield said: “This is devastating news for our school and nursery community and all our thoughts and sympathies are with her family.”

The school remained closed to all pupils yesterday, including to those of essential workers.

Mr Chatfield said: “This is a huge loss to our school, nursery and our community and I will be in touch as soon as possible to explain how we will celebrate Mrs Jacobs’ life and contribution.”

Roose Community Primary School pupils Luke and Zach Crellin, aged nine and seven, were two of many pupils who paid their respects to the headteacher by displaying home-made bunting outside the school grounds.

Zach said: “Mrs Jacobs was the best head teacher ever."

Luke said: “Mrs Jacob helped me and my class with a lot of things and she will be missed”

Cllr Anne Burns, cabinet member for children’s services at Cumbria County Council, said: “I’m just devastated for her family and the school community.

“She was a well-loved and well-respected headteacher, not just in Roose School, but for the whole education area of Cumbria.

“We are all devastated.

“People need to take notice of this virus, people need to start listening. Stay back or more will die.

“Our condolences go to her family.”

Roosecote Cllr Martin McLeavy said: “It is absolutely devastating for the children, family and friends.

“It’s getting worse and unfortunately she won't be the last one. If there is anything I can do for anyone, my number is 01229 465606.”

The devastating news has shook the town, with people flooding social media with their tributes.

Zoe Tunstall said: “A huge, huge loss for the Roose community. Absolutely heartbroken.

“Wendy was the most kind and caring headteacher who showed passion in all that she did for the school.

“Roose School will truly never be the same again.

“Sending love and strength to all her family, friends, staff and pupils.

“Sleep peacefully Mrs Jacobs. You will forever be a part of our memories.”

Leanne Richardson said: “Roose just won’t be the same. This was a lady that cared for so many that went above and beyond has sat and dried my tears so many times and the tears of others. Such a sad loss to our little community. Rest in peace Wendy."

Five people in the county have now died.

Three of the people who have died were from north Cumbria and two from the south of the county. There are also now 79 confirmed cases in Cumbria.