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Advice for visitors who become unwell

Visitors to Northumberland are being asked to make sure they know what to do should they become unwell while on holiday in Northumberland.

Filled with ancient castles and unspoilt beaches, Northumberland is a magical place and holiday-makers visit in their droves every year. During the pandemic it is important to be prepared while on holiday, as well as taking extra care to maintain social distancing, washing hands frequently and using face coverings to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Anyone who developes symptoms of coronavirus while holidaying in Northumberland is reminded to:

  • Self-isolate and stay indoors

  • arrange a test using their holiday address

  • notify their accommodation provider

Test kits can be requested by going to the NHS website or by calling 119.  Visitors can book an appointment at a drive-through or walk-through test site, or ask for a home test kit to be sent to their holiday accommodation and results will be issued by text or email.

Liz Morgan, Director of Public Health at Northumberland County Council, said: “Even though the number of cases in Northumberland remains relatively low, we cannot afford to be complacent and need to remember that coronavirus has not gone away.  We are still in the midst of a pandemic.  To prevent spreading this virus, people must make every effort to comply with the guidance around social distancing, handwashing and the use of face coverings.

“It is also really important to get tested if you become unwell.  This is really easy to do, even if you are visiting from another part of the county.

“We all need to do our bit in the battle against Covid.  Protect yourself, protect others, and protect Northumberland.”

Cllr Jeff Watson, cabinet member for adult wellbeing and health added: “The health and wellbeing of people across Northumberland is our absolute priority.  The pandemic is not over and we all have an important role to play in fighting it.

“Anyone who feels unwell and has any of the symptoms, however mild, should self isolate and get a test. We all need to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading.”

The main symptoms of Covid-19 are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

A leaflet has also been created for holiday accommodation to print out and share with guests during their visit, which can be found here.

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