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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

The NHS in the Vale of York and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from a specified place listed on the government coronavirus webpage here, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

Anyone who has travelled to places listed on the government coronavirus webpage in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

Information for the public is available at

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that has come into contact with suspected cases is thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others.  Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and they are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

Information for the public

For the latest news and advice on the novel coronavirus outbreak visit:

The NHS website:

Public Health England website: Coronavirus – what you need to know.

GOV.UK website: . 

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas.

Advice for employers and businesses is available here.

Guidance for professionals helping people in the education, transport and other sectors

Information for primary care professionals

Advice for healthcare professionals 

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient Pathway (25/02/20)

Poster for outside of pharmacies and GP surgeries (combined with specified places list - to be updated shortly

Information for social and community care professionals

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings

City of York Council

Information about coronavirus from the City of York Council, including public statements, can be found here.

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