An eighth person on the Isle of Wight who tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) has died, say the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
Alistair Flowerdew, Medical Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:
“Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at St Mary’s Hospital and had tested positive for COVID-19 has died.
“The gentleman was in his 50s and had underlying health conditions.
“His family has been informed and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”
The latest official figures for Isle of Wight NHS Trust patients who have tested positive for Coronavirus is 41.
Anecdotally there are many more cases of Coronavirus in the community, with residents showing symptoms and self-isolating. Only those requiring hospital treatment are currently being tested.
As of 9th April, nine people admitted to St Mary’s Hospital who had tested positive for COVID-19 had recovered and been discharged.
Gearing up for increase in cases
Last weekend the Scots Guards arrived on the Island to help with the reconfiguration of St Mary’s Hospital.
Maggie Oldham, the CEO of Isle of Wight NHS Trust recently stated,
“I can tell you without doubt we will definitely see more cases in the coming days, weeks and months.”
Our thoughts are with family and friends.
Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.