First Coronavirus case confirmed on Isle of Wight: Had recently returned from travels

The person is in isolation and being treated. Those who have been in close contact are being contacted by Public Health England

Outside st mary's hospital

Specialists from Public Health England (PHE) are working with the Isle of Wight Council and NHS colleagues following a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Island.

The individual is now being treated appropriately and in isolation.

Recently returned from overseas travel
Alison Barnett, Centre Director for Public Health England South East, said:

“Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with a person who is a resident of the Isle of Wight and had recently returned from overseas travel.

“Those identified will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14-day intervening period.

“If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact of the confirmed case, you do not need to take any action at this time.

“This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risks to those contacted and the wider public.”

The Isle of Wight Council’s Director of Public Health, Simon Bryant, said:

“We are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure that people on the Island are protected as much as possible.”

Most cases appear to be mild
Current evidence indicates that most cases appear to be mild, with patients experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Older residents or those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions may experience more severe symptoms.

Follow government advice
Health and local authorities are strongly encouraging people to follow national government guidance to prevent further spread of the illness and limit the numbers affected.

This guidance includes taking basic hygiene precautions as the best way of significantly reducing the chances of spreading any virus: sneeze or cough into a tissue, bin it, wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unless you’ve just washed your hands.

Important that residents help protect themselves
Mr Bryant added:

“These are the same simple steps we all should be taking to avoid other illnesses – such as flu – which are also around during the winter.

“It is important that residents help protect themselves and others.

“If you have recently travelled to an affected area or been in contact with someone who has, and you think you have symptoms associated with the coronavirus, you should not go to A&E or your doctor but self-isolate yourself at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do,  or ring NHS 111.”

A breakdown of national figures can be found on the Covid-19 Dashboard.

News shared by Isle of Wight council press office. Ed

Saturday, 7th March, 2020 7:27pm



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I’m dismayed about this Government’s behaviour concerning the Coronavirus. These reactions have been reinforced by this government’s behaviour around the first verified case of Coronavirus here on the Isle of Wight. Specifically the withholding of information. All information regarding: – Location on the island (general area not specific address) – Where, overseas, this individual had returned from. – What flight number and day they flew while infected.… Read more »

This is the dilemma the Government has, no one believes a word that comes out of politicians mouths anymore. I mean look at the faux pas Matt Hancock made on BBC Questiontime, telling the audience he’s been in talks with the Supermarkets, only for them to say, no he hasn’t.

Best the present bunch of chancers were all gone. Let’s hear from the experts instead.

Agreed. Withholding even the most basic information will lead to rumours and false assumptions that help no one. As such it makes no sense unless they are absolutely sure they can identify and locate 100% of the people the infected person could have passed the virus on to, 100% of the people those people could have passed it on to, 100% of the people those could have… Read more »

Wishing the person affected a speedy recover. Hope their family are ok at this worrying time.

I would add my good wishes to the person and their family affected by the virus. It is simply the way it is being handled by the IOWC that leaves one wondering why the secrecy. Although we are all used to the lack of transarency afforded in their dealings; not to share what part of the island this person comes from is just shockingly idiotic and leaves… Read more »

Would people stop stockpiling loo rolls please. Nutters.


Perhaps one of our lurking councillors could make a quick post explaining the information dissemination policy and the rational behind it.


Not difficult to understand, the lights are all off in County Hall as part of the islands green initiative to keep everyone as much as possible in the dark, so they don’t see their incompetence :-)


If someone is contacted by the authorities as potentially having the virus because they had contact with this person, I assume they are supposed to isolate themselves. However, there’s no way of enforcing that and I fully expect many won’t bother unless symptoms appear.


The safest way to behave is to assume that the case of coronavirus is in our area. That a neighbour has it. Because any of us could have it. It is symptom free for 5 to 14 days of the incubation period. We should protect ourselves and others as much as possible by following medical advice and warnings.


Now the RNLI station and shop in Bembridge is closing its doors as a “precautionary measure” – the only one in the whole country to do so.