Statement from Director of Public Health for Tameside Council
09 March 2020

Over the weekend the first case of coronavirus in Tameside Borough was confirmed, the risk to individuals remains low and advice remains that the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands for 20 seconds more frequently. Please see the statement below from Tameside Council.

Director of Public Health for Tameside Council, Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy said: “Following a confirmed case of the Coronavirus in Tameside I would just like to reassure residents that the risk to individuals here remains low. Close contacts to the confirmed case are being followed up. If you haven’t been contacted by PHE you don’t need to do anything, other than follow the existing advice for the general public.

“Of those who catch coronavirus, the great majority will have a mild-to-moderate illness – similar to flu. However, we need to protect ourselves and our community – particularly older people and those with pre-existing health conditions. We are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Tameside are protected.

“A simple and effective way to protect yourself from coronavirus is by making sure you wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are unwell make sure you catch your coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throw the tissues away, then wash your hands.

“If you think you might have coronavirus, you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus, or you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus, please use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 . If you need to speak to someone call NHS 111 – please don’t go to your doctor, pharmacist or hospital as you could pass the infection to others. You will find plenty of advice on how people can protect themselves online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus