Latest news on Coronavirus COVID-19

19th March 2020

To find out more about local updates for Stockport residents and businesses please visit the Stockport Council website.

Protecting yourself and others

As the number of confirmed cases in the UK rises the latest figures can be found here.

You can find NHS and Public Health England information, advice and on the NHS website.

The latest advice from Public Health England is that if you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild:

  • stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

The most common symptoms are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher). More information can be found here.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection and following this advice will help protect communities and slow the spread of the virus.

You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation and do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation then you should contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Statement from the Leader of Stockport Council

Leader of Stockport Council, Councillor Elise Wilson, said: “We’re working closely with health colleagues to stop the virus spreading. Our main aim is to protect our residents. But I urge everyone to take time and find out how best to protect yourself and others by visiting the NHS website.”

Statement from the Director of Public Health for Stockport

Director of Public Health for Stockport, Jennifer Connolly said: ““It remains crucial for everyone to wash their hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

“The most recent advice from the government is that you should stay at home for 7 days if you have either a high temperature (37.8) or a new continuous cough or 14 days if you live with other people. This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.”

“There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online on the NHS website. Please keep up to date with this trusted guidance in addition to following the Council’s website and social media accounts.

Further Information:

• You can find NHS and Public Health England information, advice and updates at on the NHS website(and should be the first port of call for the public)

• You should go to the NHS 111’s online coronavirus service if you need medical help – III Coronavirus Service. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • you’ve recently been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see coronavirus advice for travellers
  • you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
  • You can find information from the Government, including travel information on the Government website
  • You can find guidance for professionals in the transport, education and others sectors on the Government website