Joint statement on confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dudley borough
It has been confirmed that three additional people in Dudley borough have tested positive for COVID-19, meaning a total of four confirmed cases in the borough.
Dr Sue Ibbotson, Centre Director, Public Health England East Midlands, said:
Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dudley borough.
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 would like to reassure people that we are working with NHS colleagues to do everything we can to delay the spread of this virus.
We understand some people are feeling anxious but everyone can play their part by following good hygiene practices to help reduce the risks. People should take simple steps, washing hands regularly and thoroughly and covering their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing.
If you have a new continuous cough or a high temperature you should stay at home and try and stay more than three steps away from others at home. If you are no better after 7 days visit NHS 111 online 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
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.
• At time of release, 32,771 people have been tested in the UK, of which 31,973 were confirmed negative and 798 were confirmed as positive.
• 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
• For more information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)
PHE - https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
NHS - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/