Coronavirus update and advice

What you need to do: Stay at home. Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (only if you cannot work from home). Stay 2 metres away from other people. Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

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Published: Sunday, 08th March 2020

Message from Katrina Stephens – Oldham’s Director of Public Health:

A second person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) in Oldham.

The resident became infected while in Thailand. They are currently self-isolating.

The first resident became infected while in Northern Italy.

We are unable to comment further on the details of these particular cases due to the need to protect patient confidentiality.

Public Health England (PHE), Oldham Council and the local NHS are working closely together to effectively manage this case. PHE is currently contacting people who may have had close contact with the confirmed case.

Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after they had contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure that any risk to them is minimised and the wider public is protected.

Based on current evidence, Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

Oldham has robust infection control arrangements in place and strong partnership arrangements across the health and care system.

All partners are working closely together to prevent further spread of the virus.

We will continue to work with Public Health England to share timely and relevant information with the public and our partners.

Anyone who is concerned about health symptoms is advised to follow the advice about what to do on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

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