Coronavirus: First patient in Dorset Council area

Coronavirus: First patient in Dorset Council area

Published by George Sharpe at 5:47pm 13th March 2020. (Updated at 9:04am 15th March 2020)

Public Health England have confirmed a patient has tested positive for COVID-19 in Dorset.

A total of four patients from the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas have now been confirmed (Saturday 14 March). All are said to be well and self isolating at home.

A new patient tested positive for the virus inside of the Dorset Council area on Friday.

Public Health England haven't released details of where the patient is due to patient confidentiality. 

Rachel Partridge Assistant Director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils said:

“I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and we are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Dorset are protected.

"As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.

"Anyone who shows certain symptoms is advised to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. People with symptoms should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection."

The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Full advice from the NHS can be found here.