Media statement re NHS England's statement on COVID-19 related death in the borough

14 March 2020

In relation to today’s news of the first confirmed COVID-19 related death in our borough, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Director of Public, Ian Ashworth said: “It’s with sadness that we and our health partners today confirm that a man with COVID-19, who was being cared for at The Countess of Chester Hospital, has died. 

“The patient was in his 80s with underlying health conditions. His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.

“We all have concerns about ourselves, our families, our colleagues and our communities. I want to reassure everyone who lives and works in west Cheshire that all public organisations are working together round-the-clock to ensure we protect the public and defeat the virus over time.  
“We are working closely with partners in the NHS to ensure the most vulnerable people are protected as far as possible. We are committed to ensuring that you have clear and consistent, up-to-date information to enable you the make the most informed decisions for you and your family. 

“Our Council website, along with the NHS’ has the most up to date information and guidance which includes the following.
  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 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.
“Current Government guidance advises that residents should continue to go about their everyday lives, taking these precautions to ensure we minimise risk of the virus spreading further.

“If you are experiencing symptoms including a high temperature and a new, continuous cough please stay at home for seven days. 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 - testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.”       

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