The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Isle of Wight now stands at 8, according to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
Maggie Oldham, Cheif Executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, has announced this morning (Wednesday) that overnight the number of confirmed cases has risen sharply from 3 to 8 – although the official figures from Public Health England won’t be released until this evening.
Although the number of confirmed cases is relatively low, it doesn’t mean that there are no other cases within the community with individuals self-isolating and recovering at home without being tested.
Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive of Isle of Wight NHS Trust, has said:
“At the moment the number of cases on the Isle of Wight remains relatively low compared to much of the country. But this will change and we are expecting more people to become unwell as a result of coronavirus.
“Public Health England will announce the confirmed cases on the Isle of Wight but in the last 24 hours we have seen five people in our care confirmed as having coronavirus.
“We are doing everything possible to prepare and we ask the public to help us by following the Government’s instruction to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
Patients are currently being treated in an isolation ward at St Mary’s Hospital with the NHS using the as-was stroke unit for such purposes.
As of 09:00 on 24th March 2020, 8,077 people have been confirmed as having coronavirus. 422 patients have died nationally to date. No deaths have taken place on the Isle of Wight.
For the latest information on coronavirus here on the Isle of Wight visit https://www.islandecho.co.uk/category/coronavirus/.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a cough
- shortness of breath
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Research shows it takes, on average, around 5 days for symptoms to start showing.
If you are worried that you might have coronavirus
- Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people, especially older or vulnerable people
- Call NHS 111 or use the online service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 – you will be asked questions and given advice
- You should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or St Mary’s Hospital without checking with NHS 111
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- 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
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean