Hospital worker in Cumbria tests positive for coronavirus

A hospital worker in Cumbria has tested positive for coronavirus.

Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 11:19 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 11:19 am

The North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, said the staff member had self-isolated since returning from a trip to northern Italy and had not been in contact with any patients.

A spokesman said: "The trust can confirm that a member of hospital staff has tested presumptive positive for Covid-19 following a trip to northern Italy.

"On returning from the trip the member of staff sensibly self-isolated and did not come into work or have any contact with patients.

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West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven

"We can assure the public that the risk remains low. The trust is operating normally and there is no need to cancel any appointments."

The local News and Star newspaper reports the affected staff member is a woman aged in her 30s who works at the Cumberland Infirmary.

The trust spokesman said it could not comment on which hospital the staff member works at or give any other details.