Statement on confirmed case of Coronavirus in Dorset

Posted on Monday 9 March 2020

The Chief Medical Officer today (Monday 9 March) has confirmed that three residents from the Dorset area have been confirmed as having contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19).

One acquired the virus through a case outside of the county and the other two following overseas travel.

Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils said: “I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and that we are working with NHS colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and make sure the people of Dorset are protected as much as possible.

“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 and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

“If you have recently been to one of the affected areas and are feeling unwell, you should phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice straight away – please don’t go to your doctor or a hospital. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.”