Hospital worker and partner in Cumbria test positive for coronavirus after returning from northern Italy – The Sun

A HOSPITAL worker and her partner have tested positive for coronavirus.
The woman, in her 30s, works at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, Cumbria.

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She and her partner had recently returned from a trip to northern Italy.

They self-isolated after they got home and the health worker did not go into work or come into contact with any patients, North Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust said.

A Trust spokesman said: “We can assure the public that the risk remains low. The trust is operating normally and there is no need to cancel any appointments.”

Colin Cox, director of public health at Cumbria County Council, said: "We are aware of two residents of Carlisle who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are working with partners to respond.

"Both individuals have recently returned from a trip to northern Italy.

One is member of healthcare staff at the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.

"Since returning from their trip they have self-isolated. The member of staff did not come into work and has not had any contact with patients.

"The level of risk to the public has not changed and remains low. There is no need for anyone to cancel medical appointments.

"We are in regular contact with Public Health England (PHE) to ensure that the very latest protocols are adhered to.”

The woman underwent a swab test on Monday and was told it was positive on Tuesday.

Her lawyer father said: “I got a text from my daughter at lunchtime saying that she’d been tested the day before and that she’d then got confirmation that she tested positive.”

A patient has also been confirmed as having the virus in Newcastle.

Public Health England said it was getting in touch people who had come into close contact with the individual.

Director of Public Health for Newcastle City Council, Prof Eugene Milne, said that the city had “robust infection control arrangements in place”.


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