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People advised to take precautionary steps as COVID-19 hospitalisations increase in Coventry and Warwickshire

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The NHS in Coventry and Warwickshire is urging people to take precautions as the number of people in local hospitals with COVID-19 increases to more than 200. 

Professor Kiran Patel, Chief Medical Officer, at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “As elsewhere in the country, we are unfortunately seeing a rising number of people in hospital with COVID-19. 

2There are currently more than 200 people with COVID-19 in hospitals across Coventry and Warwickshire and that number is rising. 

“Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should not come into hospitals, care homes or other healthcare settings to help stop the spread of the virus amongst our patients and staff. 

"Please wear a face covering and remember to wash hands thoroughly and regularly.

“If you can test, then please test and avoid contact with others if you are positive. If you are unwell please use NHS 111 online or call NHS 111 for children under five years old. You can also contact your GP practice.”

There are actions we can all take to help reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others. 

These actions help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which spreads easily and can cause serious illness in some people.

There are simple things you can do in your daily life that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and protect those at highest risk. Things you can choose to do are

1. Get vaccinated

2. Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors

3. Practise good hygiene: 

• wash your hands

• cover your coughs and sneezes

• clean your surroundings frequently

4. Wear a face covering or a face mask.

Face coverings can help reduce the chance of you spreading infection to others, especially in crowded and enclosed spaces, and may protect you from becoming infected yourself. 

If you are in a clinical setting you will be asked to wear a mask in order to protect those around you. 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

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