Coronavirus: 7 cases now in Dorset

Coronavirus: 7 cases now in Dorset

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:18am 17th March 2020. (Updated at 10:34am 17th March 2020)

A second case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the Dorset Council area.

The patient is being treated in isolation at Dorset County Hospital.

They say there is no risk to other patients, visitors and staff and services at the hospital are running as normal.

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) say they are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. 

DCH have put measures in place to ensure the safety of patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services continue to be available to the public.

NHS Coronavirus Pod Sign

A spokesperson for the NHS, said:

“As the Chief Medical Officer has warned, NHS services will come under pressure as the outbreak spreads more widely and so it is only right we are preparing a number of practical solutions to respond. 

“Last week, guidance was sent out across the NHS to help local services to prepare so patients can get the care they need which remains the priority for hardworking staff and advice will continue to be updated.”

That brings the total number of confirmed cases across the county as a whole to 7.

Two cases are in the Dorset Council area, with 5 confirmed cases in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area.

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