Ilkley woman tests positive for coronavirus - Councillor advises people not to panic


Ilkley Councillor Anne Hawkesworth has confirmed to the Telegraph and Argus that an Ilkley resident has tested positive for coronavirus - COVID-19.


Officials revealed the details of the case in an email sent to all politicians representing Bradford district.


Cllr Hawkesworth revealed the woman drove herself to the LGI earlier this week. Upon hearing the results, the woman and her family self isolated in their home. The T&A has been contacted by Ilkley residents who claim the woman is in her 50s.

She reportedly began experiencing symptoms after a family holiday in Italy.


The paper now understands public health officials are bracing themselves for the likelihood of more cases at the BRI and Airedale Hospital.


The councillor is urging those in Bradford to remain calm.


She told the Telegraph & Argus: "I think the important thing is for people not to get into a panic. I've been doing some reading up."


"It does appear to be affecting people when they're elderly but having said that so does flu. Looking at some of the incidents, the incidents of people dying from flu it's about the same as covid 19. However keep washing your hands and just be plain straight forward careful."


The NHS recommend to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.


Further information about Covid-19 can be found on the GOV.UK website www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public


Ilkley & Wharfedale Medical Practice and IG Medical Practice have jointly issued guidance for patients regarding the Coronavirus: www.ilkleychat.co.uk/post/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-patients


If you think you have might have been exposed to the virus when travelling or have symptoms visit https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

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