Public Health England and Doncaster Council statement on COVID-19 in the borough
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19
Mar

Public Health England and Doncaster Council statement on COVID-19 in the borough

Doncaster Council continues to work with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS colleagues to respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Doncaster.

Dr Rupert Suckling, Doncaster’s Director of Public Health, said: “I can confirm that we have the first confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the borough. I’d like to reassure people that we are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Doncaster are protected.

“Public Health England (PHE) figures * show that we currently have three confirmed cases in our borough, and this was not unexpected. We fully anticipated in a population of over 300,000 there would be cases and this would happen over time. This is why our services have planned for, and are ready, for this situation.”

Health services and local authorities are appealing for people to follow national Government guidance to prevent further spread of the illness and limit the numbers affected.

The latest advice is:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • it’s important for everyone to see the ending isolation  guidance for more information.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher).

Dr Mike Gent, Deputy Director, Health Protection at Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber, added: “For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection and following this advice will help protect communities and slow the spread of the virus. You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after isolating, then you should contact NHS 111 online . If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

“It remains crucial for everyone to wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

“We can expect further cases in our local communities, but now the national response to COVID-19 has moved to the ‘delay’ phase, tests are being prioritised for those who require hospital care for pneumonia or acute respiratory illness – while we continue to investigate outbreaks, ie where several cases are connected, especially in a particular setting such as a care home.

“This change will be reflected in the surveillance data we report which will monitor, support and inform the public health actions we are taking while no longer providing a running commentary of individual cases.”

 

*The PHE COVID-19 dashboard  gives a guide to cases confirmed in Local Authority areas, but it’s important to be aware that testing is now being prioritised for hospital patients