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Message of reassurance after Covid-19 deaths in Cornwall

Message of reassurance after Covid-19 deaths in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:00am 22nd March 2020.

A message of reassurance is going out to Cornwall after the first coronavirus-related deaths in the Duchy.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has confirmed that four patients, who all tested positive for Covid-19, have died.

All had underlying health conditions and were over the age of 70.

Now the leader of Cornwall Council says it is vital that people stay "united as a community" and look out for each other amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Julisn German has also paid tribute to the frontline NHS staff who are doing "a remarkable job in difficult circumstances".

“We are deeply saddened to note the first deaths in Cornwall relating to Coronavirus. Our thoughts go out to their family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.  

“I want to reassure residents across Cornwall that we are working closely with our health colleagues to support their efforts to manage Coronavirus.  

“It is vital that we stay united as a community and look out for each other - especially older residents and people with underlying health conditions – and that we follow the Government’s advice on social distancing and avoiding non-essential travel. 

“Everyone at the council is working extremely hard to make sure the core frontline services that residents rely on the most can keep running while this situation is ongoing. 

“I’d also like to pay tribute to those working in health and other front-line services. They are doing a remarkable job in difficult circumstances.” 

Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council

Public Health officials say their condolences are with the patients' family and friends.

Cornwall is being reassured that experts are doing all they can to keep people safe and help reduce the risk of infection.

“My sincere condolences are with the family, friends and loved ones at this sad time.  

“We are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Cornwall are protected. Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of infection.

“The best action we can all take to prevent spread of the virus is to follow the Government’s advice on social distancing, avoiding non-essential travel, and following the NHS advice. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time, and if you cough or sneeze cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cough into your elbow. If you use a tissue throw it away immediately – catch it, bin it, kill it.  

“Clean down surfaces regularly and practice good hand hygiene when you arrive home, get to work, and before you eat and drink.”  

Steve Brown, Deputy Director of Public Health at Cornwall Council

Government advice on coronavirus:

The Government has issued guidance to reduce the spread of infection which requires anyone who has symptoms of a coronavirus infection – a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) – to stay at home for 7 days from the point that their symptoms first started.   

This will help protect others in the community while the individual is infectious. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, visit NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.   

The latest government advice is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.   

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