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Positive COVID-19 cases in Northumberland - 19 March 2020

Liz Morgan, Director of Public Health at Northumberland County Council, said: “Four Northumberland residents have now tested positive for COVID-19, and it is with great sadness that today we have been informed that a man who had tested positive for the virus, who was being cared for at The Northumbria hospital, has sadly died.

“Our thoughts and best wishes are with the family and friends at this sad time.   

“We understand people are feeling anxious at this time, however these first cases are not unexpected given the continually evolving situation, and we’d like to reassure residents about what we’re doing to help.

“The Council is working closely with Public Health England, NHS England and all our health and care partners to prevent further spread of the virus.
 
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow national and regional advice. We have plans and procedures in place for handling these situations and all local services are continuing to run as usual.

“In the meantime, we’re asking everyone to follow the Government's advice and to take those simple, common-sense steps to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect themselves, their families and our communities.

Veronica Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Wellbeing and Health at Northumberland Council Council said: “We are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Northumberland are protected. Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of infection.

”May I extend my deepest condolences to the family at this sad time.” 

Residents are being advised that if they have a fever or a new persistent cough (symptoms of coronavirus infection), however mild, they and any other members of their household should follow the latest advice and stay at home for 14 days from when symptoms started.
 
It is really important that in order to protect others, residents use health services sensibly and do not visit their GP, pharmacy or hospital. Contact NHS 111 online to seek advice.
 
There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and others online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
 
Liz Morgan added: “The most important things people can do are to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds; take a ‘catch it, kill it, bin it, approach to coughing and sneezing; and avoid touching their face with unwashed hands.  For the vast majority of people this will be a relatively mild illness but we obviously need to do everything we can to protect those who are most at risk of more severe infection.”
 
Please note: 
We will not be providing any further information on the affected individuals to preserve patient confidentiality. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s have confirmed that the patient was elderly and had underlying health conditions. Their family has been informed.
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