False Covid-19 social media report

On behalf of Bolton Council, NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

We are aware that a false report is circulating on social media about the number of Covid-19 patients at Royal Bolton Hospital.

The information contained in this report is false and should be ignored as it has come from what we believe to be a fake account, designed to create fear and panic among our communities.

There is a small number of adult patients who are Covid-19 positive at the hospital, but currently we are not seeing a rise in cases and we have no children who are Covid positive.

The reduced levels of the virus circulating in the community has been achieved through the efforts of our residents in continuing to exercise social distancing and following government guidance on meeting others, and we thank everyone for their efforts and support.

The infection rate data for Bolton does not indicate that we need to have a localised lockdown and any report of this happening is also untrue. The latest figures also show that the level of infection reported for Bolton is significantly lower than the previous week.

However, unfortunately the virus is still with us, and in the North West we appear to be more affected than other parts of the country. We therefore ask you to please continue to stay alert and take sensible precautions when away from home, so that we can continue to keep our resources for helping those who need it.

We also ask you to be mindful of what is known as ‘fake news’ and take information directly from our official websites and social media channels which are updated frequently.

Thank you for your continued support,

Su Long, Chief Executive, Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group

Fiona Noden, Chief Executive, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Tony Oakman, Chief Executive, Bolton Council

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