As the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the Island climbed to eight today, the leader of the Isle of Wight Council issued an urgent plea to Islanders to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
Councillor Dave Stewart called on Islanders to heed the government’s orders to stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or work where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
Stewart: “The virus doesn’t spread — you spread it”
“Our fantastic doctors, nurses, social care and care staff are putting their own health and wellbeing on the line to serve our Island community, but they are not the frontline of defence — you are.
“The virus doesn’t spread — you spread it.
“I understand police have been carrying out patrols, speaking with individuals and even stopping vehicles to enquire as to the driver’s reasons for being out.
“It is clear to them that some people are simply not heeding the government’s orders and that concerns me a great deal because they are not only putting their own health in danger, but that of others too.
“You are responsible for your own health; self-distancing will keep you and those you love well. You must take responsibility and stay at home.
“There is currently no medical solution to this highly infectious, indiscriminate disease — you are the solution.
“Safe-distancing and staying at home is the only way to stay safe and I would urge all Islanders to listen to the experts, heed their orders and help turn the Covid-19 tide.”
For the latest information on what you need to do to stay safe, visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
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Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay home 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.
If you live alone stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
– a high temperature
– a new continuous cough
If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
The Government has decided that the NHS will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.
News shared by the Isle of Wight council press office. Ed