Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cheshire West and Chester borough

13 March 2020

We can confirm three cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been recorded for the first time in Cheshire West and Chester. 

Due to patient confidentiality, the exact locations and details of the cases cannot be published. We continue to stress the importance of regular hand washing to residents.
 
We understand that this announcement may cause concern but we want to reassure residents that we are continuing to work closely with Public Health England, the NHS and all our health and care partners to help delay further spread of the virus.
 
Cheshire West and Chester Council is also working closely with the NHS and other partners to ensure that residents have the most up to date information.  

Ian Ashworth, Director of Public Health at Cheshire West and Chester Council advises: “Our key priority is the health and safety of our residents.  We can all play our part in helping delay the spread of Coronavirus by the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.” 

You can take these steps:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water often and before eating, drinking or touching your face
  2. Cover you your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze 
  3. Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards 
  4. Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • a new, continuous cough
If you think you have these symptoms - do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Only use the 111 online coronavirus service if:
  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days  
More information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
 

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