PUBLIC health officials in Warrington are urging people to restrict the mixture where possible to reduce the risk of transmission, as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the city, with an estimated 92% of the Delta variant.
In Warrington, stubborn pockets of COVID have emerged in some local areas and cases are increasing across the borough. In the past seven days through June 4, there have been 116 new confirmed cases, which is increasing daily.
While some restrictions have eased in recent weeks and we now have more freedom to see our friends and family, it is important that people make careful choices and decisions to limit the spread of the virus.
Socializing outdoors is a good way to protect yourself and those around you, as the fresh air can drive out COVID particles.
Other practical steps people can take include reducing travel, limiting mixing with other households, and keeping a note of who you have had “close contacts” in case contact tracers have you. contact.
Remembering the basics of “hands, face, space and fresh air” is also more important than ever when meeting people outside your home, especially as people start to leave their homes more and more. home to work and socialize.
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Welfare, said: “The increase in the number of cases in the community is becoming of increasing concern – the coronavirus is still here and, even if you may only experience mild symptoms if you get it, other people can still get seriously ill.
“As always, you should have regular symptom-free testing to make sure you don’t have the virus while still having no symptoms, and if you start to develop symptoms, go home and isolate yourself immediately and book a NHS (PCR) test as soon as possible.
“If the National Testing and Traceability Service has told you to self-isolate, or through council contact tracers, it is essential that you stay indoors throughout the isolation period as you can still be contagious.
“If you need help when isolating yourself, Warrington Voluntary Action’s Good Neighbors program is available to help – email [email protected] or call 01925 246 881 for advice . “
So far in Warrington, 54% of eligible people have received both doses of the vaccine and 75% have received their first dose of the vaccine, helping to reduce hospitalizations and protect those most vulnerable.
Across the country, there are patterns of hospital admissions to areas with much higher infection rates than in Warrington, but our case rates are increasing. Fully vaccinated people are less likely to contract or spread coronavirus, but it’s important to continue to follow the rules.
Thara Raj, director of public health for Warrington, said: “There is no denying the effectiveness of the vaccine deployment in Warrington, but the Delta COVID-19 variant is spreading rapidly and is the dominant strain in Warrington with around 92% of our cases being the Delta variant.
“Please play your part in reducing the number of our cases – making small changes such as meeting people outside rather than inside, especially now that we have better weather, will help to make a difference. huge difference for the transmission in the district.
“If you are meeting friends and family to watch the England vs Croatia game this Sunday, remember to follow the social distancing rules and look forward to a great game.
“The coronavirus is far from over, so we all need to do what we can to help stop this spike in cases.”
For more information on the coronavirus in Warrington, visit warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus
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