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Public Health England and West Berkshire Council statement on confirmed COVID-19 case in West Berkshire

Read the latest advice from NHS and Government

COVID-19

Specialists from Public Health England (PHE) are working with West Berkshire Council and NHS colleagues following a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read more about the Council's response to Coronavirus here.

Alison Barnett, Centre Director for Public Health England South East, said:

"This individual is a resident of West Berkshire who is now self-isolating. Our priority now is to undertake targeted contact tracing where we think it can help to prevent or control an outbreak, particularly among more vulnerable groups. We will no longer be contacting all individuals who have been in close contact with a confirmed case."

Councillor Rick Jones, Executive Member for Public Health and Community Wellbeing for West Berkshire Council, said:

"I'd like to reassure people that we are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to slow down the spread of the virus and ensure the people of West Berkshire are protected.

"The latest advice is, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days from when your symptoms started. The most common symptoms are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature which is 37.8 degrees or higher."

You can read the latest information here: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

Stay at home ("self-isolate") if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Self-isolation means you should:

  • stay at home
  • not go to work, school or public places
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home - it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Health and local authorities are appealing for people to follow national Government guidance to prevent further spread of the illness and limit the numbers affected.

This guidance includes taking basic hygiene precautions as the best way of significantly reducing the chances of spreading any virus: sneeze or cough into a tissue, bin it, wash your hands frequently and don't touch your face unless you've just washed your hands.

Current evidence indicates that most cases appear to be mild, with patients experiencing flu-like symptoms. Older residents or those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions may experience more severe symptoms.

Cllr Jones added:

"For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection and following the advice will help protect our community and slow the spread of the virus. You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, then you should contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111."

For the latest advice and information on coronavirus visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Details on testing are published daily at 2pm and includes a breakdown of negative and positive tests: Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice