Regional: First Coronavirus Death In Lancashire Happened Today

An elderly man has died at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital after contracting the COVID-19 virus.

A Chief Exec confirmed that the man in his 80’s had underlying health issues prior to being infected.

In a statement today (March 23), Kevin McGee, the chief executive of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We can confirm that sadly, a patient has passed away at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.

“He had tested positive for Covid-19.

“Bill Smith was in his 80s and had underlying health conditions. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Mr Smith’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“We realise that the current situation is difficult, and will get harder.

“We urge everyone to act on the essential advice that has been given: observe social distancing; stay at home wherever and whenever possible; and wash your hands frequently, with soap, for 20 seconds.

“That is the best way to limit the spread of this virus. We are doing everything possible to maintain the health and wellbeing of our staff and I’d like to take this opportunity of adding my own thanks to them.”


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