BREAKING NEWS – Public Health England has confirmed case of covid-19 in Suffolk

Public health England along side Suffolk County Council have confirmed the first case of Covid-19 in Suffolk.
The confirmed case is the first in the county but it isn’t confirmed exactly where.

Dr David Edwards, Consultant in Health Protection, Public Health England East, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who have had close contact with the confirmed case of COVID-19. We are working closely with local NHS colleagues as well as Suffolk County Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.

“Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

Suffolk County Council’s Director of Public Health, Stuart Keeble said: “We can confirm that we have our first case of coronavirus in Suffolk. We understand that the individual recently returned from a trip to Italy. The patient is receiving help from the NHS, and Public Health England is working to trace any contacts in order to prevent the further spread of the virus.”

Suffolk County Council says that the new case is not “unexpected” and they do anticipate an increase in numbers but they have said that they are well prepared to deal with coronavirus with their priority to safeguard local communities

If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus, call NHS 111 in the first instance. Do not go to your GP or to the hospital.