First coronavirus case confirmed in North Yorkshire
Public Health England has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in North Yorkshire.
In a statement, the organisation said the individual tested positive after returning from Italy, but it has not been confirmed where in North Yorkshire the resident is from.
Dr Simon Padfield, Consultant in Health Protection at Public Health England Yorkshire and Humber, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
"The case is a resident of North Yorkshire. 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.”
Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director for Public Health at North Yorkshire County Council, said: “The vast majority of people who contract coronavirus may experience some unpleasant flu-like symptoms but recuperate well within weeks and we wish the person involved in this case a speedy recovery.
“It’s been confirmed by Public Health England (PHE) that this instance relates to a person who tested positive after returning from Italy. The individual followed the necessary health advice regarding reporting symptoms, self-isolating and being tested and regional health officials are therefore reassuring people the risk remains low.
“With our NHS partners we have robust infection control measures in place and we are continuing to work closely with PHE and the Department for Health and Social Care to plan and manage the potential impacts of the virus - based on the very latest expert guidance.
“Everyone has a part to play in helping to reduce the spread of this virus and simple things like washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and warm water, using hand sanitisers and sneezing or coughing into a tissue or your elbow remain key practical measures. I would like to thank the public of North Yorkshire for continuing to follow this guidance.”
Richard Flinton, Chair of North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum and Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said it is important to remember that the risk across North Yorkshire overall remains low.
In a statement, he said: "In North Yorkshire we have well established, tried and tested partnership working practices which help us to manage the impact of very significant challenges and issues and to focus our joint resources where they are needed most.
“By continuing this approach, we have the best possible chance of minimising impacts on our residents, which is our shared single most important goal.
“While we do not expect it, we are planning for a reasonable worst case scenario so we are as prepared as possible should that be needed. It’s important to remember that across North Yorkshire overall the risk remains low.
“We all need to continue to follow the advice regarding sensible precautions and go about our business as usual. We are grateful to the public for their continued support.”