Four cases have now been confirmed across our county.
Joint statement on confirmed COVID-19 cases in Derbyshire
Public Health England has confirmed one further case of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) in Derbyshire, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to four.
The new case was infected in Italy and is unconnected to other cases in the county.
Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the latest confirmed case of COVID-19.
Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Centre Director, Public Health England East Midlands, said:
“Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the latest confirmed case of COVID-19. The case is a resident of Derbyshire who became infected whilst in Italy.
“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.”
Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire County Council, said:
“I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and the local authority is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Derbyshire are protected.
“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
“If you have recently been to one of the affected areas and are feeling unwell, you should phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice straight away – please don’t go to your doctor or a hospital. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus”