Latest updates on coronovirus within Derbyshire
To help keep Derbyshire residents informed during the coronavirus outbreak, Derbyshire County Council have created new pages on their website with all the latest advice and information.
Updated daily, the pages feature advice from the Government and Public Health England on how people can play their part in containing the outbreak as well as information on the latest confirmed Derbyshire cases.
Derbyshire County Council's Director of Public Health, Dean Wallace, is encouraging people to read the coronavirus guidance to check for updates and keep themselves in the know.
"Each and every one of us has a key role to play in the management of coronavirus and it is important that we provide people with the right information, particularly as we prepare for measures that could have more impact on our daily lives.
"The best prevention measure is by practising good hand hygiene – washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds – and making sure you use a tissue if you sneeze, bin it then wash your hands afterwards to kill the virus.
"By doing this, you can help protect yourself as well as your family and friends."
There are currently four confirmed cases of coronavirus in Derbyshire, all having picked up the infection from abroad. The risk to the general public of coronavirus remains low and Derbyshire County Council are working with the NHS, government, district and borough councils as well as Public Health England to ensure the people of Derbyshire are protected and kept well informed.
"There's lots of rumours and misinformation doing the rounds.
"It's important we provide advice and information people can trust and I'd ask people to visit the new guidance, where they'll find all the latest information around the virus, how to prevent its spread and what to do if they're concerned they might be at risk.
"Public services have a great deal of experience and expertise in dealing with illness outbreaks and are well prepared to manage a widespread infection such as the coronavirus.
"We can all play our part and that's why we've taken the decision to publish the number of cases for Derbyshire at a district level which will help keep local people informed."
The pages on Derbyshire County Council's website will be updated at 2pm each day.
Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:00 by Jo Mitchell