The UK Chief Medical Officer has confirmed an Oldham resident is among 32 further patients who have tested positive for Coronavirus COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 85.
The resident of Oldham became infected while in Northern Italy but authorities are unable to comment further on this particular case 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.
Following the confirmation of the case in Oldham, Saddleworth Medical Practice sent out an update to patients via text message.
It advised: “Do not book a GP appointment if you think you might have coronavirus. Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people.
“Use the 111 coronavirus service to see if you need medical help. Find out more at nhs.uk/coronavirus”
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.
Anyone who is concerned about health symptoms is advised to follow the advice about what to do: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public