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Coronavirus: "No Need To Behave Differently"

Banners are up at the airport with advice for travellers.

The Chief Minister says it doesn't matter that Coronavirus is now closer to Jersey, because the island is well-prepared to deal with any cases.

84 people have now been tested here, with all results coming back negative.

Jersey's government has moved to reassure islanders after the confirmed case in Guernsey - saying there's no evidence that it resulted from, or led to, local transmission. 

Guernsey's Health department says the person diagnosed 'sought help promptly and is doing well' after returning from Tenerife with symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever).

Jersey's contingency plans align with the UK's - and departments have been updating business continuity plans in preparation for an outbreak.

"It does not matter that Coronavirus is now geographically closer to Jersey, the Island is well-prepared to deal with any cases. It is also important to stress that there is no need to behave differently – people can continue to fly and sail between the islands.

"In the majority of cases, infection with the virus causing COVID-19 is mild, and, unlike flu, current indications are that individuals who are showing no symptoms are unlikely to be contagious. It cannot be stressed enough that the best way Islanders can protect themselves and others from Coronavirus is to wash their hands, cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough and put used tissues in the bin immediately." - Senator John Le Fondré - Chief Minister.

A dedicated area has been created on the government website to update advice from the World Health Organisation, including a special section with advice for businesses with any concerns. A dedicated Coronavirus can be reached by calling 445566.

Jersey's Emergencies Council is due to meet on Thursday to review the island's plans if there was a case here - such as how schools and businesses would operate.

The Chamber of Commerce will meet the government tomorrow lunchtime (Tuesday 10 March) to maintain the discussion on the situation. That is due to take place on a weekly basis.


 Coronavirus Advice

If you think you might have the virus, you should self-isolate and call the Health Department's coronavirus helpline:

01534 445566

It's open every day between 8am and 8pm. Calls outside these times, or when the line is engaged, won't be answered straight away - but we're told to leave a message and Health officials will call you back.

Please don't visit your GP or the Emergency Department at the General Hospital if you think you have the virus.

Self-isolation

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to that of the flu - a combination of a cough, fever and aching muscles. If you've had any symptoms, even if you haven't travelled abroad, we're being told to self-isolate until they clear up (for a minimum of seven days).

Anyone who has come into contact with a person confirmed to have the coronavirus should stay in self-isolation for at least 14 days.

As of Saturday 28th March, entire households should self-isolate immediately if anyone within that home shows symptoms of coronavirus.

Social distancing

Jersey is in lockdown until 30 April to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

All islanders who are 'not performing essential services' are required to stay at home.

You should only leave home for up to two hours per day to shop for essentials, exercise or get medical treatment if needed. More information here.

On Thursday 26th March, Jersey's government issued stricter measures for over 65s and islanders with underlying health problems - saying they should only leave the house for up to 2 hours a day and only for very limited reasons.  Those at severe risk from Covid-19 should adhere to strict self-isolation.

Read the Health Department's advice for over 65s here.

Travelling

The Government of Jersey is now advising against all non-essential travel on or off the island and all passenger ferry sailings and most airline services have been suspended. 

All travellers, including health care workers, arriving in Jersey from anywhere must now self-isolate for 14 days. This is regardless of whether they are displaying flu-like symptoms or not. 

The only exceptions to this are non-healthcare, essential workers, if they are not displaying flu-like symptoms.

Guidance for travellers:

  • solo travellers, who live alone, should immediately go into self-isolation
  • a family or group travelling together should all immediately go into self-isolation
  • where a solo traveller is returning to a shared or family home and is not showing any symptoms of infection, they should separate themselves from others in the home in accordance with self-isolation advice for 14 days. Family members should strictly follow social distancing advice
  • where a solo traveller is returning to a shared or family home and is showing any symptoms of infection, they should separate themselves from others in the home in accordance with self-isolation advice (for a minimum of 14 days and until a 48 hour period of being symptom free). Household members who have had any contact with the symptomatic patient whilst symptomatic or in the 3 days before symptoms appeared should self isolate as well

During the self-isolation period of 14 days, anyone who develops flu-like symptoms should call the helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566.

All the latest information can be found on Gov.je.

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