Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice

The government has announced that we have now moved out of the contain phase and into the delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

  • Find out further information from Public Health England.

What do I do if I show symptoms?

Symptoms include:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough.

Anyone who shows certain symptoms are being asked to self-isolate for seven days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas.

This means people are advised to stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for seven days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

You do NOT need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.

What if symptoms worsen?

If your symptoms worsen or are no better after seven days contact NHS 111 online: (external link). If people have no internet access, they should call NHS 111.

Guidance for medically vulnerable people

The government has published guidance for people who are considered extremely medically vulnerable to coronavirus, asking them to stay at home and avoid all non-essential contact for at least 12 weeks. This includes children and should also be understood by the friends, family members and carers of those who are medically vulnerable.

People who fall into this category will be directly contacted by letter to advise them of the extra measures to take. 

Simple steps to stay safe

Day-to-day, you should stay calm and take simple steps such as:

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water or use sanitiser gel
  • Throw away used tissues (then wash hands)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
  • If you don't have a tissue use your sleeve
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Social distancing measures, especially for vulnerable people, have been put in place to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. For full guidance visit:

How have we prepared?

Wigan Borough and the Greater Manchester city region is well prepared for an outbreak of this kind and there are robust plans in place to minimise any disruption.

We are all working closely with Public Health England, the NHS and all our health and care partners to prevent further spread of the virus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to the NHS FAQs (external link) for advice and guidance.

Please refer only to official sources for updates. The latest national information and advice is available on GOV.UK website (external link).

We cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality. 

Guidance for schools, childcare providers and colleges

The government's latest measure to limit the chance of the COVID-19 virus spreading asks parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible.

Schools and other childcare settings will remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

This group includes vulnerable children, those whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response efforts and those whose parents work in other key sectors, and so cannot be safely cared for at home.

If it's at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

The government has published a list of which occupations are designated as 'key-workers'.

Government advice by sector

The government has issued specific advice for:

You will also find business advice on the Business Growth Hub website (external link).

Sign language - Support and advice

If you use Sign Language as your first language and have been affected by Covid-19, there’s support available to you.

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