Joint statement on confirmed COVID-19 case
It has been confirmed that a Dudley borough resident has tested positive for COVID-19.
The person is currently receiving treatment at Russells Hall Hospital where appropriate measures to safeguard staff, patients and visitors have been undertaken.
Public Health England is working closely with NHS colleagues and Dudley Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.
Dr Sue Ibbotson, Centre Director, Public Health England East Midlands, said:
Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with one of the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19. The case is a resident of Dudley.
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 case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.
Deborah Harkins, Director of Public Health for Dudley, said:
I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and Dudley Council is working with NHS colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Dudley are protected.
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.
Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
If you have recently been to one of the affected countries or regions or you have been in contact with a confirmed case and are feeling unwell you should use the NHS 111 online service www.111.nhs.uk or phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice straight away. It is really important that you don’t go to your doctor or a hospital to be tested, to protect others. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and others online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Diane Wake, Chief Executive for The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, said:
Our priority is to keep our patients and staff safe and we are doing all we can to prevent the spread of this virus.
We are working closely with our health partners to reassure everyone and to stress the importance of hand hygiene.
As a Trust, we are well prepared and are following our robust infection, prevention and control procedures in conjunction with our partners.
Notes to Editors
- Dudley Council PHE and the NHS are well prepared to deal with coronavirus. Our priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.
- To date more than 24,960 people have been tested with 319 positive cases. We advise people to follow the advice being issued by PHE, NHS and local authorities.
- We cannot comment further on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.
- Details on testing are published daily at 2pm and includes a breakdown of negative and positive tests https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
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