BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus death confirmed in Rotherham

BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus death confirmed in Rotherham

By Chloe West | 24/03/2020

BREAKING NEWS:  Coronavirus death confirmed in Rotherham
Ackroyd House Care Home

A CARE home resident is believed to be the first person in Rotherham to die from coronavirus.

One of the latest deaths related to COVID-19 is a resident of Ackroyd House Care Home on Moorgate Road, Public Health England and Rotherham Council confirmed in a statement.

The home is currently closed to all visitors, and staff have been given health advice about the symptoms of coronavirus, PHE said.

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust confirmed the patient had been taken to hospital over the weekend.

Is it not yet known if the resident was a man or woman. 

The PHE spokesman said a limited number of staff and residents who had been in close contact with them had been offered advice and were being closely monitored for symptoms. Any of these people with symptoms had been tested, but no further cases had been identified so far, she said. 

 "Staff are closely monitoring residents and looking for symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing," she said.

"Any residents who develop symptoms will be referred for a clincial assessment."

Dr Nicolas Aigbogun, consultant in communicable disease control at PHE, Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "Our deepest sympathies are with the family concerned. 

"PHE is working closely with the care home to provide health advice to stop the virus spreading. Everyone should be following social distancing advice to reduce their social interaction with people. 

"Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue." 

Teresa Roche, director of Public Health at Rotherham Council, said: "I would also like to send my condolences to the family concerned at this difficult time.

"Rotherham is well prepared to deal with coronavirus. Our priority is to safeguard local communities which involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.

"People should follow social distancing advice, available at and pay particular attention to stay at home advice."







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