The chief constable of Staffordshire Police has urged people to stay home and safe lives as tributes continue to pour in for a Stoke-on-Trent nurse who died of Covid-19.
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said the death of Patrick McManus – who was known as Paddy – is a reminder to all of us that the current restrictions are vital to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Mr Morgan was speaking after Patrick, 60, who worked at Stafford’s County Hospital, lost his fight for life. He had been cared for by his colleagues at the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust in his final days.
Mr Morgan said: “Everyone at Staffordshire Police is extremely saddened to hear of the death of Patrick McManus, a member of the nursing team at County Hospital, Stafford, from Covid-19, and our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this very difficult time.
“It is a reminder to all of us that the current restrictions are vital to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect our loved ones, and the NHS and the brave people like Patrick who are working so hard to on the frontline to tackle the virus.
“They are doing outstanding work in hard times and we can all show our support for them by doing the right thing and staying at home to help save lives.”
Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, also paid tribute to Patrick – who lived with his wife Lena in Stoke-on-Trent and had been a nurse for 40 years.
She said: “It is devastating that people locally have lost their lives but to hear the news that an NHS key worker as dedicated as Patrick has died as a result of Covid-19 is beyond sad.
“We must all do everything we can to avoid further deaths and everyone has a part to play in making this happen.
“All public sector partners are united in their call for people to stay home and save lives and I would urge residents to step up and be counted in this fight against this horrendous virus.
“We can all make a difference to ensure more hard-working, selfless and committed individuals don’t lose their lives. The person you help to save could be your friend or family member.”
And Staffordshire Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant, said: “It is with great sadness that I learnt of the death of Patrick McManus, a member of the nursing team at County Hospital, Stafford, from Covid-19.
“On behalf of everyone at Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service I want to offer our condolences to his family and colleagues at this extremely sad time. We continue to work closely with our partners in other public services to support our NHS colleagues in tackling the Covid-19 outbreak and I would call upon everyone to help us by staying at home to help save lives.”
Meanwhile, the Leader of Staffordshire County Council has also payed his tributes.
Philip Atkins, said: “It is always particularly sad when a person who loses their life should be someone who has dedicated that life, selflessly, to helping those around them.
“The thoughts and sympathies of all at Staffordshire County Council are with the family and friends of Mr McManus and those who worked alongside Patrick.
“His death is a stark reminder, if one were needed, of the times we find ourselves in. The best way to honour the memory of Mr McManus and that of other medical professionals who have died recently is to support the work of their colleagues by following the Government’s health advice and reducing the burden on the NHS. Stay at home, support the NHS and save lives.”