Three cases of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) have been confirmed in Trafford.
They acquired the infection on a trip to northern Italy. Public Health England will be contacting those who have been in close contact with the residents and will advise any individuals or workplaces on any action required.
Anyone who is not contacted by Public Health England does not need to take any action at this time other than following the general advice at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/
Trafford Council is working closely with health colleagues, including NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure the people of the borough are protected.
The risk to the public remains low. Good hygiene is the best preventative measure so please ensure you, your friends, family and colleagues wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
The three cases in Trafford are not related to the case which has been confirmed at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Eleanor Roaf, Director of Public Health for Trafford Council said:
I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low. Trafford has strong infection control arrangements in place and we are working with health colleagues in the NHS to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Trafford are protected.
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 and are feeling unwell, you should phone the NHS’s 111 helpline for further advice straight away – please don’t go to your doctor. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
We will continue to work with Public Health England to share up to date and relevant information with our residents and other partners.”
Posted on Wednesday 4th March 2020