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Ilkley woman tests positive for coronavirus

Ilkley woman tests positive for coronavirus

Published by May Norman at 8:45pm 1st March 2020. (Updated at 10:02am 2nd March 2020)

Coronavirus case reported in Ilkley

  • An Ilkley resident has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Ilkley councillor Anne Hawkesworth has confirmed the news to Stray FM 
  • It takes the total number of UK cases to 36

Reports suggest the latest coronavirus case to be confirmed in England is in Ilkley.

Ilkley councillor Anne Hawkesworth has revealed an Ilkley resident has tested positive for coronavirus - COVID-19.

The details of the case were sent to all politicians representing the Bradford district.

LGI, Google maps
Leeds General Infirmary (LGI)

Councillor Hawkesworth understands the woman drove herself to the Leeds General Infirmary and upon positive results, she and her family then self-isolated in their home.

It's thought the woman reportedly began experiencing symptoms after a family holiday in Italy. 

Two other cases have been confirmed in Leeds. However, they are not linked to this case. 

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Councillor Hawkesworth added that people in Ilkley should remain calm.

She said:

"We councillors were informed of it yesterday. 

"What I am assured of is the family are in complete lockdown, they're staying in their house and there is very, very little danger to the rest of the residents. 

"The lady took herself to the hospital and was tested positive. 

"My message is do not panic. 

"The danger to residents in Ilkley, I am assured, is very minimal. 

"The three cases in Leeds and Bradford are not linked. Two of them may be, but this one case is from Italy. The others are from Iran." 

Dr Simon Padfield, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

"Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with three cases of COVID-19 confirmed in West Yorkshire. One of the cases is a resident of Bradford who became infected whilst in Italy and the other two cases are residents of Leeds who both became infected whilst in Iran.

"The case in Bradford is not linked to the two cases in Leeds. 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 cases. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public."

In a joint statement, Directors of Public Health for Leeds City Council and Bradford Council, Victoria Eaton and Sarah Muckle, said:

"We would like to send our best wishes to those affected as they continue their recovery. 

"Leeds and Bradford have robust infection control arrangements in place and strong partnership arrangements across the health and care system. 

"The councils are working closely with Public Health England, the NHS and all our health and care partners to prevent further spread of the virus.

"As such, the risk to people living, working, studying and visiting Leeds and Bradford remains low and the cities are very much open for business.

"In the meantime, it is important to follow good hygiene practices and if you show symptoms please ring NHS 111 rather than ring your GP or go to a hospital.

"Leeds City Council and Bradford Council will continue to work with Public Health England to share timely and relevant information with the public and our partners."

For advice on coronavirus, please visit the Government website by clicking here.