A positive case of Coronavirus has been confirmed at Watford General Hospital (WGH) today (Friday, March 6).
NHS West Herts Hospital Trust has confirmed that the case was identified in one of WGH’s inpatient wards, and that all of the patients who were on the same ward have been moved and a deep clean is being carried out.
A spokesman for the trust continued: “An extensive ‘contact tracing’ exercise is now underway to trace anyone who might have had close (face to face) contact with the patient who has now tested positive for COVID-19.
“Close contacts to the patient concerned will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after they had contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure that any risk to them is minimised and the wider public is protected.
“Based on current evidence, COVID-19 presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing.”
Chief nurse Tracey Carter said: “To protect yourself, please be scrupulous with your hygiene and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. Thorough hand washing will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“Patients with appointments or who need to attend for urgent or emergency care should still come to hospital.”
The best and latest information on COVID-19 can be found here gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public