Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice

9 March, 2020 | Covid-19

The Chief Medical Officer today (Monday 9 March) has confirmed that three residents from the Dorset area have been confirmed as having contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19). One acquired the virus through a case outside of the county and the other two following overseas travel. PHE is contacting anyone who has been identified as have had direct contact with those affected – you don’t need to do anything yourself.

Public Health states that the risk to the general public remains low. Good hygiene is the best prevention and the public should be advised to wash hands regularly and thoroughly and cover mouths and noses with a tissue if coughing and/or sneezing.

If you have recently been to one of the affected areas and are feeling unwell, you should phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice straight away – please don’t go to your doctor or a hospital. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online at

You may also find this NHS 111 online test a useful reference point.