Sue Ibbotson, Centre Director, Public Health England West Midlands, said:
“Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19, two of whom are in Walsall.
“Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell after contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”
Stephen Gunther, Director of Public Health for Walsall, said:
“I’d like to reassure people that we are working with health partners at a regional and national level to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Walsall are protected.
“It’s really important that everyone follows the latest guidance announced last night about staying at home if you show even the slightest symptoms of coronavirus. For most people who get coronavirus, it will be a mild infection, but we all have a role to play in protecting the most vulnerable people in society.
“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time and, if you cough, to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and dispose of it immediately.
“There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.”
Richard Beeken, Chief Executive, Walsall Health NHS Trust said:
“Our main priority is to keep our patients and staff safe and we are doing all we can to prevent the spread of this virus. We are working closely with our health partners to reassure everyone and to stress the importance of hand hygiene and use of PPE equipment.
“As a Trust, we are well prepared and are following our robust infection, prevention and control procedures in conjunction with our partners.”