COVID-19: Cases in Wiltshire up to six

COVID-19: Cases in Wiltshire up to six

Published by Jack Deery at 5:29pm 10th March 2020. (Updated at 6:17pm 10th March 2020)

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Another has been confirmed in the county, after national figures rose to 373.

Public Health England has revealed that in Wiltshire there are now six cases of COVID-19

This includes two confirmed to be in Swindon. 

It has increased by one person since yesterday (Monday 9th March). 

The age, sex and exact location of the patients are still unknown. 

Tracy Daszkiewicz, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire Council, said:

“I can confirm that a fourth adult in Wiltshire has tested positive for coronavirus after returning from a trip to Thailand, and they have self-isolated. 

Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed cases. If you have not been contacted by Public Health England you do not need to take any action at this time."

LOCAL AUTHORITY ADVICE

Salisbury City Council have today (10th March) confirmed that it's are following the advice provided by government:

 "The City Council will continue to review this advice and its impact on our staff and our customers to ensure the City Council takes the appropriate actions.

The Council will provide access to hand washing facilities and/or sanitiser gel for all staff, and for visitors to council buildings.

The City Council has reviewed its Business Continuity Plan to consider the possible impact of Coronavirus, and will assist Wiltshire Council or the local NHS services if it is required to do so."

The risk level in the UK is still moderate.

FALSE ALARM 

Earlier, there were reports on social media of the A&E department at Salisbury District Hospital being on lockdown

The hospital have confirmed to Spire FM that this is NOT the case, and it is open as usual. 

NHS ADVICE

These are the things the NHS is asking to do, to avoid catching the illness: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

You can also use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111 to speak to someone. 

Visit the NHS website for more information, or alternatively visit Spire FM's advice page

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