CONFIRMED: CORONAVIRUS HITS THE ISLE OF WIGHT – 1 PATIENT TESTS POSITIVE AT ST MARY’S HOSPITAL

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An individual has tested positive for the potentially deadly coronavirus on the Isle of Wight after undergoing tests at St Mary’s Hospital, it has been confirmed.

This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Island – a worrying development for those living locally, especially for the elderly population and their families.

Currently, only 1 case has been reported locally but that number could quickly grow.

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It has not been revealed who the individual is, where they live on the Island, or where they have been on the Island. It is said they recently travelled abroad. It is thought the infected individual is an older woman.

As of 07:00 on 7 March 2020, 21,460 people have been tested in the UK of which 206 have been confirmed as positive for coronavirus. 2 patients have died in the UK.

Hospitals across the country have set up NHS 111 Coronavirus Pods to help test possible cases and to protect patients and staff. The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has set up this Pod in a stand-alone building that is isolated from the rest of the hospital. However, people should only make their way to the Pod if they are told to by NHS 111.

Emergency management planners at the Isle of Wight Council are now expected to work with partners following their Pandemic Influenza Response Plan.

The Isle of Wight Council has issued a statement – Read it here.

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First Case of Coronavirus on the Isle of Wight. Screenshot from: Gov.org website

Alison Barnett, Centre Director for Public Health England South East, has said:

“Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with a person who is a resident of the Isle of Wight and had recently returned from overseas travel.

“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.”

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

Do
  • 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
Don’t
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
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Haydn
Haydn
1 year ago

Oh feck

Opinions Matter
Opinions Matter
1 year ago

Everyone now must follow the advice we are given.

Seay
Seay
Reply to  Opinions Matter
1 year ago

You can, I am going to stock up big style on food, toilet rolls, and other essential items. Italy was casual ONLY 30 days ago, NOW they will be jailed if they leave their homes.

DON’T imo wait for the rich to buy up all the food, think how much your family consume for a month and fill up your cupboards is my attitude.

The Gov will always be alright, but will you and yours?

Act how your morals allow, NOT by trusting what HMG want you to do, the two may be very different animals

Smithy
Smithy
Reply to  Seay
1 year ago

Grow up

IDIOT ALERT
IDIOT ALERT
Reply to  Seay
1 year ago

Let the village know we have found their idiot.

Maxie
Maxie
Reply to  Seay
1 year ago

bad

Miles
Miles
1 year ago

I have have been in St Marys over the last three days and witnessed a patient being transferred by medical staff in full protective suits, the lady looked over 50 and had an oxygen mask on I am assuming if this is the Covid-19 case she may have been in the later stage by the look of her symptoms and can only assume that she has possibly been in contact with others before being admitted and would not be surprised if more cases arise.

eric smith
eric smith
Reply to  Miles
1 year ago

stop taking people there Barry

Anon
Anon
Reply to  Miles
1 year ago

The question to be asked; why was she on a ward in the first place and not taken straight to the pod doesn’t make sense to me

Ad1981
Ad1981
1 year ago

Surely they should reveal at least where on the island they are from

Yam
Yam
Reply to  Ad1981
1 year ago

So u can Get out the pitchforks

Jane
Jane
1 year ago

I think we should know where this person lives and where they have been!

Opinions Matter
Opinions Matter
Reply to  Jane
1 year ago

They cannot disclose where this person lives, you’ll get nutters going to this person’s address as if it were a witch hunt, which it is NOT

Seay
Seay
1 year ago

So it begins…. with our elderly population here, a terrible Spring and Summer of worry. Tesco should do free deliveries for elderly to stop them being at such risk.

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

Disgusting sensationalist “media reporting” This viral infection is responsible for less deaths than the common flu. Thousands of people who contracted Coronavirus and have since fully recovered and report it was less debilitating than a mild cold. Report that.

Jeff
Jeff
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

Sorry, but that is incorrect information Dave. Here’s some facts and with a reference.

Total number of deaths and mortality rates count different events.

COVID19 is significantly more deadly than the seasonal flu. See World Health Organization for accurate information. http://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Mortality for COVID-19 appears higher than for influenza, especially seasonal influenza. While the true mortality of
COVID-19 will take some time to fully understand, the data we have so far indicate that the crude mortality ratio (the
number of reported deaths divided by the reported cases) is between 3-4%, the infection mortality rate (the number
of reported deaths divided by the number of infections) will be lower. For seasonal influenza, mortality is usually
well below 0.1%. However, mortality is to a large extent determined by access to and quality of health care.

Reference PDF:
http://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200306-sitrep-46-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=96b04adf_2

Mark Dunsford
Mark Dunsford
Reply to  Jeff
1 year ago

The key word in the WHO statement is “Appears”. The mortility rate “appears” higher because the number of fatalities is still (statistically speaking) very low and, because many people only experience mild symptoms, the actual number of cases is way higher than the reported ones the calculation is based on. Getting accurate, representative data is key to making a proper threat assessment and we just don’t have that yet. for example, if we used just the Isle of Wight data, with only one case the mortality rate is 0% and the infection rate is 1 in 120,000 – Clearly not the case but that’s statistics for you. As the old saying goes: Lies, D**n Lies and Statistics. What is needed is a sense of perspective, reliable communication and well planned responses rather than panic, sensationalist headlines and knee jerk reactions. Otherwise there is a real danger that the cure will… Read more »

Jeff
Jeff
Reply to  Mark Dunsford
1 year ago

For anyone interested in a calm, thoughtful, informed and factual overview of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, this is the best interview I’ve seen to date.

Highly recommended.

https://youtu.be/dcJDpV-igjs

Lisa Siska
Lisa Siska
1 year ago

Now watch all the unnesecary pulsive panic buying happen

Penny green
Penny green
Reply to  Lisa Siska
1 year ago

It’s happened already arghhh

Harry
Harry
1 year ago

They need to close any type of transport to the island this is stupid

Grumpy Old Git
Grumpy Old Git
1 year ago

Gas masks on and haz-mat overalls. Time to stop the ferries too
I do hope the confirmed case is not elderly and recovers well.

Penny green
Penny green
1 year ago

I think people should be informed of where this person has been ? It’s hardly secret but at least anyone who has been in contact with this person could get tested?
I do wish them a speedy recovery.
One other thing… there are no toilet rolls to be had in any of the supermarkets ! Why ? Has someone said that toilet rolls cure the virus … as aways the same inconsiderate greedy individuals prevail.

Beth
Beth
Reply to  Penny green
1 year ago

Toilet roll is mainly made in china, their factories have been hit hard so the import of toilet roll has been lower then usual, so naturally people are panic buying thre toilet roll, that is the reason

Seay
Seay
Reply to  Beth
1 year ago

You can always use leaves, just ensure no Holly in it

Gill
Gill
Reply to  Beth
1 year ago

what, toilet rolls are made in the UK !!! for the love of God, dont start scaremongering !!!!

Seay
Seay
Reply to  Penny green
1 year ago

Try next time, using YOUR brain, not listening to HMG advise who you can be sure will always have a supple cushioned toilet roll to hand.

None given
None given
1 year ago

It was only a matter of time and all without a large gathering of people, such as a festival

Quaesitor
Quaesitor
1 year ago

Potentially deadly but actually survivable by the vast majority. You really aren’t helping.

Alan Jay
Alan Jay
Reply to  Quaesitor
1 year ago

I am in my 80s with multiple Health Problems and an embarrassingly long list of drugs. Actually apart from the extra suffering that the virus would bring me I wouldn’t mind my life ending so as not to sequester vital services to the younger. I’ve had my life, time to move on?

Julie Blake
Julie Blake
Reply to  Alan Jay
1 year ago

Sad but true I don’t mean to sound callous but something like 6 deaths in the country of people all elderly and with serious health problems is hardly a pandemic unfortunately when you reach a certain age if you don’t die of one thing you will die of something else I think isolating healthy people will shut down services and stop these same vulnerable people receiving the care they need day to day and will be as harmful as the virus itself. Stay safe Alan I wish you well

Alan Jay
Alan Jay
Reply to  Julie Blake
1 year ago

Thank you Julie, The sort of compassionate response I hardly dared hoped for.

Jeff
Jeff
Reply to  Julie Blake
1 year ago

For anyone interested in a calm, thoughtful, informed and factual overview of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, this is the best interview I’ve seen to date.

This isn’t ‘the flu’.

Highly recommended.

https://youtu.be/dcJDpV-igjs

Ann
Ann
1 year ago

……… “cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your SLEEVE” ???!!! Yuk, no way!

Opinions Matter
Opinions Matter
Reply to  Ann
1 year ago

The advice to sneeze or cough into your sleeve Ann is just incase a person doesn’t have a tissue handy. Better to catch your own germs than spread them into the air and risk infecting other people don’t you think!?!? Don’t cough or sneeze onto your hand either, if a person has the virus then goes on to touch door handles, rails, card pin machines in supermarkets etc etc this will spread the virus very quickly. Hand washing is very important as they state on the TV as is carrying plenty of tissues! If everyone is sensible and follows instructions as per the NHS advice adverts we can all do our bit to try and slow the spread.

Someone
Someone
1 year ago

The IOW is gunna have to be evacuated

John Stitch
John Stitch
1 year ago

“put used tissues in the bin straight away”
Good thing I use a sock…

Just Saying
Just Saying
Reply to  John Stitch
1 year ago

Oh, so you don’t put them back in the box to dry out for next time then.

Mark Dunsford
Mark Dunsford
Reply to  Just Saying
1 year ago

Once they’re dried out I sell mine on eBay – hoarders will buy anything.

pedro gates
pedro gates
1 year ago

No Comments ?

Shanklin Steve
Shanklin Steve
1 year ago

I think we all need to know a little bit more about this person’s movements as in how did he or she travel back to the Island and on what day etc? There is not enough known about contracting this virus in my opinion so knowing if you had been in a confined space with this person is a must.
Many of us have relatives or someone close that are potentially in the at risk group as I am so the need to know is fairly critical.
I do hope the person gets through this and it is not something that becomes a major issue for the island

Clare
Clare
1 year ago

No checks at any of the UK airports, what can we expect….

Seay
Seay
Reply to  Clare
1 year ago

No way of checking those floating illegally across daily either, many of whom, as we have witnessed on our Isle, work in low end eating establishments. Avoid such now.

Opinions Matter
Opinions Matter
Reply to  Clare
1 year ago

So true clare

Dawn Weston
Dawn Weston
Reply to  Clare
1 year ago

How about the ferry ports this person must have got back to the island on a boat

jeff
jeff
1 year ago

I’m dismayed, shocked and depressed around this Government’s behaviour concerning the new Coronavirus. These reactions have been reinforced by this government’s behaviour around the first verified case of Coronavirus here on the Isle of Wight. Specifically the withholding of information. All information regarding: – Location on the island (general area not specific address) – Where, overseas, this individual had returned from. – What flight number and day they flew while infected. – Which ferry to the IoW did they take and what day. The government claims are contacting all persons which were in contact with the infected person. Fair enough. HOWEVER, an extremely dangerous aspect of COVID19 is the fact that it’s symptoms can be mild. Mild symptoms ARE a huge problem because those with mild symptoms are generally unaware they are ill with COVID19. Thus COVID19 contagious individuals can easily go about their normal daily activities. Those with mild… Read more »

Bert Chantler
Bert Chantler
1 year ago

I believe that all ferry ports to the Island should have had a week or so ago the airport style electronic thermometers to check people leaving to mainland & people arriving.

This would give us Islanders some form if small that something was being done.

Up to now as we know no checks have been carried out, this might have stopped the case of the returning holiday maker from bringing the infection to the Island.

Potentially deadly is a bit scare mongering as people have recovered from this virus.

Let’s hope that there are not many more confirmed cases on the Island as the Hospital will find it hard to keep up.

Fingers crossed.

none given
none given
Reply to  Bert Chantler
1 year ago

As long as you are willing to turn up and do the temperature checks yourself bert – then argue with people when they say they always have a high temp….pointless waste of time and just delays everyone.

KEV
KEV
1 year ago

This is a concern but totally predictable, The Island in this case is no different to the rest of the world, time to be sensible and calm, take responsibility for yourself and be considerate of others.
Things are about to change for the long haul.

Bob Frapples
Bob Frapples
1 year ago

Another manmade disease to experiment on the world population

Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
1 year ago

I think that if we want to avoid the measures being taken now in Italy (16 million people in forced quarantine) then we should stop all unnecessary contact with others e.g. stop going to pubs, cafes & restaurants etc. for a few weeks until the virus burns itself out. Essential travel only. I know that this would be very bad for some businesses in the short term, but if we don’t do this and instead just ‘carry on as normal’ as is currently being advised, it’s likely we’ll be forced to do it in a few weeks anyway but with many more people infected and ill. It’s a ‘no brainer’ to me.

Seay
Seay
Reply to  Bob Taylor
1 year ago

Fully agree Bob, but lets stock up with food and tissues first. Otherwise a miserable two to four weeks inside.

Carer86
Carer86
Reply to  Bob Taylor
1 year ago

I fully agree here. I also think if you know any elderly or people with health conditions ask if they need anything while your out shopping. I also think we need to stop panic buying as most of us will not be seriously affected but the vounrable who will be infected are now with out alcohol gel, soap, toilet roll.. I also think government should be sending out alcohol gel to the most vournable the same as they would send water when there’s a burst pipe. There not doing enough to protect the vounrable

none given
none given
Reply to  Carer86
1 year ago

in these situations the natural “survival of the fittest” comes out. You cannot care for anyone else unless you care for yourself first – in other words…stock up and buy up at least a months worth of stuff for yourself, make sure you are ok first, then consider others – that is the natural order and how our society and that of nature has existed and evolved over many millenia – it is natures system that works and ensures that preservation of the strongest and best survive. You only have to look to nature to see how it deals with weakness and vulnerability – it is either eaten by something else or withers away and dies, because a stronger and more dominant plant or creature is getting all the resources for themselves, to ensure that they and their lineage continues. Humans are no different in times of crisis or scarcity… Read more »

Panic!!!
Panic!!!
1 year ago

Did you know can be spread on the internet!! That’s how it got out of China!

Micicle
Micicle
1 year ago

Would it make sense on the car ferries for passengers to be instructed to remain in their vehicles?

worried
worried
1 year ago

Of course we should be told whereabouts on the Island this person resides and whereabouts they have been, what they have travelled on etc. No one is asking for their name and address, People , especially vulnerable people living alone with no one to bother about them, are going to be worried and we need to know as much information as possible . Another thing that seems ridiculous to me is the advice given to anyone vulnerable to stay in for two weeks to protect themselves, so, they go out after two weeks and what? Will be automaticlly safe from getting it? Do these ‘advisors’ honestly think it will be gone in two weeks? So if you stay in for that time and then go out again it will be all gone by then? I’d hope also that the world should be somehow compensated by China, instead of which I… Read more »

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