CORONAVIRUS: ISLANDERS TEST NEGATIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS – MP REASSURES ISLANDERS OVER COVID-19 PLANS

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Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely says he has been assured by Island health bosses that plans are in place on the Isle of Wight to tackle any cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, as it is now termed.

Bob said:

“I have spoken to health bosses on the Isle of Wight and I am reassured that preparations have been made to deal with any outbreaks on the Island.

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“There are currently no cases confirmed on the Isle of Wight. A small number of people on the Island have been tested, and all results so far have been negative.”

Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive of the IOW NHS Trust said:

“The IOW NHS Trust continues to follow all of the guidance from NHS England, Public Health England and the Government.

“We have set up a Coronavirus Priority Assessment Service to test people who may have contracted coronavirus. This includes an isolation pod at St Mary’s Hospital to prevent people with suspected coronavirus from going to the Emergency Department.

“People should not go to the pharmacy, GP or hospital if they think they have coronavirus. They should use the NHS 111 online service or call NHS 111 for advice.

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“The best thing that local people can do to protect themselves and others is to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

“If you have a cough or sneeze then catch it in a tissue and dispose of the tissue properly. These simple steps will help slow the spread of viruses like coronavirus.”

Advice has been sent out by the Department for Education to all 53 schools and colleges on the Island. The Local Authority has also issued guidance advising schools not to close without first taking advice from Public Health.

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Dan Skelton
Dan Skelton
1 year ago

Ha, just wait till the Festival. Good luck.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Dan Skelton
1 year ago

Think you will find cold and flu season is over by then, yes that includes coronavirus.

Kev
Kev
Reply to  Paul
1 year ago

So you have a crystal ball then

Nige
Nige
Reply to  Dan Skelton
1 year ago

They shouldn’t let the festival go ahead…our health is more important…it will spread like wild fire over here

Mel
Mel
1 year ago

Cancel the festival

Dismus
Dismus
Reply to  Mel
1 year ago

No way Mel…..thats money our leaders are talking about?

Julie Blake
Julie Blake
1 year ago

Oh well that’s alright is everyone reassured. Oh and when this has blown over perhaps people who didn’t previously might continue to was there hands

Mrs Montgomery
Mrs Montgomery
1 year ago

Shouldn’t we be stopping the elderly coach tourists coming over at the mo as it would be easy to bring it here from counties that have it. Our island is probably 65 percent over 60s with one small hospital. If people fall sick here from on the mainland that is added pressure on our NHS.

Who cares
Who cares
Reply to  Mrs Montgomery
1 year ago

Mrs Montgomery, haven’t you noticed people don’t care for there elderly in this country. They blame them for everything bad in there lives instead of focusing on bad governments. A truly selfish society.

Opinions Matter
Opinions Matter
1 year ago

The festival is a ‘large’ gathering of approx 90,000 people… Surely it will have to be cancelled

Somebody who cares
Somebody who cares
Reply to  Opinions Matter
1 year ago

Money, money, money!

r bet
r bet
1 year ago

old bob what’s he’s name. knows he’s been told by the cleaner at the hospital

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