From Public Health England, Bury Council and Bolton Council

Dr Will Welfare, Interim Deputy Director, Health Protection for Public Health England North West, said:

“Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with three cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Greater Manchester. Two of the cases are residents of Bury.  As a result of contact tracing we know the new Bury cases announced today are known contacts of the previously confirmed case from Bury.

“The third case is a resident of Bolton which is not linked to the two cases in Bury announced today. The Bolton resident 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 cases. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

In a joint statement, Director of Public Health for Bury Council, Lesley Jones and Director of Public Health for Bolton Council, Dr Helen Lowey said: 

 “We would like to send our best wishes to those affected as they continue their recovery.

“Bolton and Bury have robust infection control arrangements in place and strong partnership arrangements across the health and care system.

“The councils are working closely with Public Health England, the NHS and all our health and care partners to prevent further spread of the virus.

“In the meantime, it is important to follow good hygiene practices and if you show symptoms please ring NHS 111 rather than ring your GP or go to a hospital.  For the latest advice visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

“We will continue to work with Public Health England to share timely and relevant information with the public and our partners.

“Please refer only to official sources for updates. The latest national information and advice is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.” 

 

Notes to Editors
  • PHE, Bury Council, Bolton Council and the NHS are well prepared to deal with coronavirus. Our priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.
  • We cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.
  • For more information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)

PHE https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Media queries / interviews with Bolton and Bury Directors of Public Health

For Bury – contact: – 0161 253 7636 email: buccg.communications@nhs.net

For Bolton – contact: 01204 331 015 / 01204 333 582 email: pressoffice@bolton.gov.uk

 

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  • When is a review of the policy regarding visiting in Nursing/care homes going to occur in Bury?
    Currently no visiting is allowed, but as the situation regarding coronavirus isn’t going to change in the near future, the well being of those vulnerable people who have to be cared away from their families needs to reviewed. There are numerous instances being reported of the lack of visiting causing a rapid decline in this cared for population. It is also causing mental anguish to their families.
    These people are not going to recover from dementia and the inability to spend time with their families is speeding up their frailty.
    Please for the sake of these much loved family members who need their families more now than ever, reconsider the blanket ban on visiting and put in place a system which will allow safe visiting as is in place in other areas of the Greater Manchester region and beyond.

    • Hi Annette, thanks for your comment, sorry it took a little while to get back to you.

      We recognise the value and benefit of visits from family and friends for care home residents and sadly the risk posed by COVID-19 to this vulnerable group has made this difficult over recent months.

      Care homes are now risk assessing their environments (in line with the Government’s guidance on safe visiting in care homes) in preparation for visiting being restarted and local councils here in Greater Manchester are currently working together to now roll out limited visiting to care homes.

      These are challenging circumstances so this will need to be kept under review moving forward. The priority has been, and must continue to be, the safety of residents as this virus continues to spread in our communities.

      Councils continue to ensure that they are aware of the latest best practice, resources and alternative initiatives, along with any changes to national and local guidance.

      Care home providers have been and continue to be very creative in considering solutions to keep residents connected with family and friends and promoting wellbeing through virtual digital solutions and other activities to reduce social isolation. Although we recognise this may not work for all.

      Best wishes