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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases confirmed in Cumbria

Statement from Colin Cox, Director of Public Health, Cumbria County Council:

"We are aware of two residents of Carlisle who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are working with partners to respond.

"Both individuals have recently returned from a trip to northern Italy. One is member of healthcare staff at the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle. Since returning from their trip they have self-isolated. The member of staff did not come into work and has not had any contact with patients. The level of risk to the public has not changed and remains low. There is no need for anyone to cancel medical appointments.

"We are in regular contact with Public Health England (PHE) to ensure that the very latest protocols are adhered to.

"We are working closely with PHE who will make contact with anyone who has been in contact with the cases, so people do not need to worry, or call 111.

"Current advice still stands that if you have recently been to one of the affected countries and are feeling unwell, you should self-isolate and phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice straight away - please don’t go to your GP or local Walk in Centre / A&E.

"Advice on how people can protect themselves can be found online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

"respiratory and hand hygiene to prevent the risk of infection and a ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to coughs and sneezes. As the situation develops guidance is updated daily."

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For the latest information for the public, including returning travellers, visit www.gov.uk