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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Statement on Coronavirus in Tameside

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

As I’m sure many of you are aware, a case of coronavirus in Tameside was confirmed over the weekend. We are currently following the careful procedures put in place by Public Health England (PHE) to contain the virus and prevent it from spreading. This includes the use of tried and tested methods such as rapid tracing, monitoring and (if necessary) isolation of people who may have come into contact with the virus.
 
I would like to reassure the people of our borough that the risk to individuals remains low. PHE have been contacting those who have been in close contact with the resident and will advise any individuals or workplaces on what the next steps will be. If you have not been contacted by Public Health England, please be assured that you do not need to take any action at this time other than following the general advice at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
 
I want to stress that the great majority of people will experience the virus as a mild-to-moderate flu-like illness. But we still need to protect ourselves and our community - particularly older people and those with pre-existing health conditions. Simple but effective measures like washing your hands (especially once you arrive at work or home, after using public transport and before you prepare or eat food) or catching your coughs and sneezes in a tissue, can make a world of difference in preventing the spread of the virus.
 
If you think you might have coronavirus, you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus, or you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus, please don’t go to your GP, pharmacist or hospital as you could pass the infection on to others. Please use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or ring NHS 111 to speak to someone.
 
The spread of the virus could have many implications on both our health and pressures on our local services, so unnecessary panic and fake news is not something we want to add to that mix. With that in mind it is really important that we all do our bit to spread official and accurate information to our communities. I would ask that we all support this by only sharing messages from the social media feeds and the websites of Tameside Council and PHE, who will be updating on any developments in the coming weeks.
 
If we follow the advice of the experts, take sensible precautions and look after ourselves and others, I am confident that we will get through the current situation.

 

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