It has been confirmed that a positive patient case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been identified at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.
A deep clean has been carried out in line with strict guidance from Public Health England.
An extensive ‘contact tracing’ exercise is already under way to trace anyone who might have had close (face to face) contact with the patient who has now tested positive for COVID-19.
Close contacts to the patient concerned 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, COVID-19 presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing.
Rachael Corser, Director of Nursing and Patient Experience at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “To protect yourself, please be scrupulous with your hygiene and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. Thorough hand washing will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
She added: “Patients with appointments or who need to attend for urgent or emergency care should still come to hospital.”
The best and latest information on COVID-19 can be found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public.
Information for the public is also available at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England about travel and more at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.