York ‘well-equipped and ready to respond’ to coronavirus

Leader of City of York Council Keith Aspden
4 Mar 2020 @ 8.34 pm
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York is doing all it can to keep residents safe and well in the wake of a new coronavirus case, city leaders said tonight.

It was confirmed earlier on Wednesday (4 March) that a York resident had tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from Northern Italy.

Tonight City of York Council leader Keith Aspden wished the individual a speedy recovery and thanked “.

“The individual has followed all necessary health advice, so there is a low risk of the virus being transferred,” he said. “Any close contacts are being followed up by Public Health England.”

He added:

  • We continue to be in close contact with partners across York and North Yorkshire, including health agencies, to receive specialist advice so that the City of York and North Yorkshire remain a safe place to live, work and visit.

    We are confident that all the relevant services in the city and county are well-equipped and ready to respond.

    The safety of residents is a priority for both the council and Public Health England.

Well-prepared

York’s director for public health Sharon Stoltz added: “York and North Yorkshire are well prepared.

“Robust infection control measures are in place and we are continuing to work closely with health partners, including Public Health England and the Department for Health and Social Care as well as partners across York and North Yorkshire.

“This individual has tested positive after developing symptoms following  travel to northern Italy and they  followed all necessary health advice so there is a low risk of the virus being transferred.”

She added:

  • The risk to individuals living and working in this area is low and the city of York and North Yorkshire remain very much open for business.

Steps people can take

There are important steps people can take to stop the spread of any infection such as washing hands regularly but especially after coughing and sneezing, cover the nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when sneezing, coughing, wiping or blowing your nose.

“There are important steps people can take to stop the spread of any infection, by maintaining good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene measures:

  • Washing hands regularly but especially after coughing and sneezing
  • Cover the nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when sneezing, coughing, wiping or blowing your nose – think ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!’
  • Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol rub. Please do this for more than 20 seconds.
  • Don’t share cups, cutlery without washing them in detergent first
  • Go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus for further information. Contact NHS 111 if you have been to an affected country, or been in contact with a confirmed case, and have symptoms.