First case of Coronavirus confirmed in Jersey

The first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Jersey.

The male patient was tested at the end of last week, and has been in self-isolation at home since returning from northern Italy. His positive result was confirmed today.

Officers from Environmental Health are in the process of contacting the necessary passengers asking them to self-isolate. It does not affect everybody on the flight. If the team do not contact you then there is no need to worry and you do not need to contact the Department or the helpline. We have all the contact details of the people we need to speak to. We want to reassure Islanders that the person who has tested positive for coronavirus in Jersey is receiving all the care and medical attention necessary. We are working with the individual concerned to trace any relevant close contacts and therefore ensure that they are managed appropriately.

Dr Ivan Muscat, Jersey’s Deputy Medical Officer of Health

The government has stressed this is unrelated to the isolation of Jersey College for Girls students and teachers that was announced earlier.

The news comes just a day after the Channel Islands' first case was detected in Guernsey.

People are being reminded not to visit their GP or Emergency Department, but to call one of the Coronavirus helplines instead - 01534 445566 (Jersey) and 01481 756938 / 01481 756969 (Guernsey).

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