Published: Friday, 20th March 2020

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of a patient at Medway Maritime Hospital, who we understand had tested positive for COVID-19 and also had underlying health problems.

The Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We are sorry to hear this news and our condolences are with the family and all who knew them as they come to terms with their loss.

“I am certain the news will be met with sadness in our community and it is incredibly important that everyone remains calm and follows the latest national advice on the steps we all need to take to reduce the spread of infection.

“The situation regarding COVID-19 is changing rapidly and we must all work together to protect ourselves and those around us.”

The government has announced guidance to help reduce the spread of infection which requires anyone who has symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, either a new continuous cough or a high temperature, to stay at home for seven days from the point that their symptoms first started if living on their own, or 14 days if living with people in a household and one person gets symptoms.

This will help protect others in the community while the individual is infectious. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after the isolation period, visit NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Doing everything we can to stop the virus spreading

James Williams, Director of Public Health at Medway Council, said: “We are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Medway are protected. Everyone has to play their part in reducing the risk of infection.

“The best action we can all take to prevent spread of the virus is to please follow the NHS advice. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and if you cough or sneeze cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cough into your elbow. If you use a tissue throw it away immediately.


“Clean down surfaces regularly and practise good hand hygiene when you arrive home, get to work, and before you eat and drink.”

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