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Media statement COVID-19 | 21 March

It has been confirmed that a positive case of Covid-19 has been identified on one of our inpatient wards at Broomfield Hospital.

The patient was already being treated with suspected coronavirus in line with PHE national guidelines.

Based on current evidence, Covid-19 presents with flu-like symptoms. 

People are being advised to stay at home for 7 days if you live alone and 14 days if you live with others. if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.


Kevin Beaton, Medical Director, said: “To protect yourself, please be scrupulous with your hygiene and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. Thorough hand washing will help to reduce the spread of Covid-19. If anyone is worried about symptoms, they can use the new 111 online service for help and advice on coronavirus.”