First Coronavirus case in Kirklees

The first case of COVID-19 has been identified in Kirklees

A presumed positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Kirklees.

Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed the case.

Health chiefs with Kirklees Council say they had anticipated that people locally would test positive and that the authority is working with PHE to minimise risk to the public.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Director for Public Health in Kirklees, said: “We have had our first case of novel coronavirus in Kirklees, something we have been anticipating and preparing for.”

The authority is prevented from saying precisely where in the borough the person is from along with their age and sex.

Kirklees follows York, Leeds and Bradford in having residents test positive for coronavirus.

Mrs Spencer-Hensall added: “Our thoughts are with the person and we wish them the very best in their recovery.

“I’d like to reassure residents that we are continuing to work closely with colleagues in the health service to stop the virus spreading.

“Specialists at PHE are taking swift action to follow up with the contacts of all confirmed cases, ensuring they receive the correct medical advice and guidance.

“In the meantime, good hygiene is the very best prevention, and there are some simple steps we can all take to protect ourselves, our families and communities.

“This includes washing hands regularly for a minimum of 20 seconds, and following NHS advice in relation to coughs and colds – catch the sneeze in a tissue, bin it…and kill the germs.”

To find out more about coronavirus visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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