Joint statement on confirmed COVID-19 case in Stoke-on-Trent

Published: Wednesday, 18th March 2020

A resident of Stoke-on-Trent has been confirmed to have Covid-19.

Dr Sue Ibbotson, Centre Director, Public Health England West Midlands, said: “Public Health England continues to work with health colleagues and local authorities across the West Midlands to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).

“For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection and we are urging people to follow Public Health England’s guidance on social distancing to protect vulnerable groups and 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 seven days, then you should contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.”

Social distancing guidance

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of adult social care, health integration and wellbeing at Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “We are working with the government, the NHS and Public Health England and other partners to do all that we can to keep families and communities in Stoke-on-Trent safe. We urge everyone to keep up to date on the latest information and play their part now we are in the ‘delay phase’ as we aim to delay the peak of the coronavirus nationally until the summer.”

If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact of the confirmed case, you do not need to take any action at this time.

All residents are reminded about the critical importance of regular handwashing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds. The importance of this action cannot be underestimated.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader Abi Brown said: “It's really important that everyone follows the latest guidance announced yesterday about staying at home and self-isolating if you or someone in your household shows symptoms of coronavirus – a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher). For most people who get coronavirus, it will be a mild infection, but we all have a role to play in protecting the most vulnerable people in society.”

For the latest advice to follow, please go to 

NHS coronavirus guidance

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