Coronavirus: Reassurance from Hampshire County Council

Coronavirus: Reassurance from Hampshire County Council

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:46am 4th March 2020.

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The authority's revealed more details about the patient who was diagnosed in the county yesterday (3rd March).

The Hampshire case of coronavirus is one of 53 confirmed across the UK so far. 

We're now told the individual is now having treatment for their illness at a centre in London.

They had recently travelled to Italy, which is one of the areas that's been severely affected by COVID-19.

No further details about the age or gender of the patient have been released.

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In a statement, Alison Barnett, Centre Director for Public Health England South East, said: 

"Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with this person. Those identified, will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14-day intervening period. If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact of the confirmed case, you do not need to take any action at this time. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risks to those contacted and the wider public."

'RISK REMAINS LOW'

Hampshire County Council has responded to the confirmed case, asking others to follow the advice from the Government: 

Their Director of Public Health, Simon Bryant, said: 

"I'd like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and we are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Hampshire are protected as much as possible."

Here's the latest information from the Department of Health:

A national public health campaign is being launched today (Wednesday 4th March) by the Government. 

Simon Bryant from Hampshire County Council said: 

"These are the same simple steps we all should be taking to avoid other illnesses such as flu which is also prevalent during the winter and it is important that residents help protect themselves and others."

OTHER ADVICE

There's a few tips for people who might be concerned about the illness:

  • If you have recently travelled to an affected area, or been in contact with someone who has, and you think you have symptoms associated with the Coronavirus, you should not go to A&E or your doctor but self-isolate yourself at home
  • Ring NHS 111 which has an online Coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do
  • If you're self-isolating: stay at home; do not go to work, school or public places; do not use public transport or taxis; ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you; try to avoid visitors to your home - but it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food
  • You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection

We've also put more information about coronavirus outbreak on Spire FM's information page.

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