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.
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.
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
- 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
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