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Coronavirus death in Bucks

The man in his 80s had underlying health conditions.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 9:48pm 6th March 2020. (Updated at 7:25am 13th March 2020) 4-minute read.

Coronavirus death in Bucks

An elderly man in Buckinghamshire has died after being diagnosed with coronavirus. 

The man, in his early 80s, tested positive for Coronavirus and died shortly after on Thursday March 5th at Milton Keynes Hospital.

He is known to have had underlying health conditions.

In a statement Milton Keynes Hospital has said:

"Sadly, we can confirm that a man in his early 80s being cared for at Milton Keynes University Hospital has died.

"The man, who had underlying health conditions, tested positive for coronavirus shortly before his death on Thursday, March 5.

"His family has been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at what is undoubtedly a difficult and distressing time.

"The hospital continues to work with Public Health England to isolate any patients or staff who had contact with the patient.

"All services and appointments at the hospital are running normally. The Trust is following established guidelines to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.

"We will not be commenting further and ask that the family’s privacy is respected."

Earlier Buckinghamshire County Council confirmed someone, separate to this death, had tested positive for COVID-19 in the county.

Following the confirmation Alison Barnett, Centre Director for Public Health England South East, said:

“Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the latest confirmed case of COVID-19. This case is a resident of Buckinghamshire.

"Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case.

"This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Jane O’Grady, said:

“I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public remains low and we are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Buckinghamshire are protected.

“If you have not been contacted by Public Health England as a close contact of the confirmed cases you do not need to take any action at this time.”

As of 7am on 6 March 2020, 20,338 people have been tested in the UK, of which 20,175 were confirmed negative and 163 were confirmed as positive.

Dr O’Grady added:

“These are the same simple steps we all should be taking to avoid other illnesses such as flu which is also prevalent during the winter and it is important that residents help protect themselves and others. 

“If you have recently travelled to an affected area or been in contact with someone who has, and you think you have symptoms associated with the coronavirus, you should not go to A&E or your doctor but self-isolate yourself at home and ring NHS 111 which has an online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.”

The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
• a cough
• a high temperature
• shortness of breath
Self-isolation means you should:
• stay at home
• not go to work, school or public places
• not use public transport or taxis
• ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
• try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food


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