First coronavirus death in Telford
Telford & Wrekin Council are reporting that they have received the very sad news that a patient with coronavirus from Telford has passed away in hospital.
Councillor Shaun Davies, Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “I am so very sorry to hear that a Telford resident with underlying health conditions who had coronavirus has passed away. My deepest sympathy goes out to their family and friends at this deeply upsetting time.
“Most people who have coronavirus will have mild symptoms but for those who are older or with underlying health conditions, sadly the risk of complications is higher – that is why we are asking people to stop all unnecessary social contact.
“We are working round the clock with our health partners to help reduce the risk and protect our communities.”
Liz Noakes, Director of Public Health at Telford & Wrekin Council, added: “Everyone can play their part in stopping the spread of Coronavirus. If people think they have symptoms then they must self-isolate within their household to minimise the spread of the infection.
"To protect the most vulnerable everybody is being asked to reduce social contact, especially people over 70, pregnant woman and those with underlying health conditions who are invited for an NHS ‘flu jab every year.
"We should also all continue to follow basic hygiene advice which includes washing our hands thoroughly for 20 seconds using soap and water and if we cough to cover our mouths and nose with a tissue and then dispose of it immediately.”
The lady was from Telford and in her 40's with serious underlying health conditions.