Council warning residents as Covid rates skyrocket in West Cheshire ahead of July 19

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CHESHIRE West and Chester Council are urging residents to continue to follow Covid restrictions after July 19 as infection rates continue to rise.

Until July 7, the borough has an infection rate of 334 per 100,000 population – a 25% increase from the previous week, and rates continue to rise.

Rates are highest in the 20-29 age group and Cheshire West is now seeing more people (currently over 60 admissions) requiring treatment for the coronavirus in hospital.

In a statement, the council said: “In light of the increase in Covid-19 infections locally and changes to national Covid-19 restrictions, we ask those who live, work and visit Cheshire West and Chester , to go beyond the minimum required orientation.

“Our guidance will also support the recovery of our businesses and the economy in general, as increased transmission of the virus will cause major disruption if staff are unable to work due to discomfort with Covid-19 and are legally required to isolate yourself.

“We ask everyone not to see July 19 as a reason to stop all good practices that have helped reduce the spread of the virus and that have protected our communities and loved ones over the past 16 months, especially in close contact with others.

“The massively successful mass immunization program weakened the link between infection, risk of hospitalization and death.

“It’s incredibly encouraging, but unfortunately that’s not the end of the story.

“It is clear that a massive increase in infections will impact our unvaccinated children and adolescents and those who have not been vaccinated, whether due to personal choice or some other medical reason.

“So far we have seen huge uptake of our immunization program, with 84% of eligible adults now receiving their first dose and 66% receiving their second dose.

“We will continue to make your vaccine as easy as possible, bringing it to areas where consumption is lowest and encouraging people to receive their second life-saving dose.

“A very real danger of significant continuous transmission is the risk of a new mutation in the virus which is both easier to catch and could render our current vaccines impotent, essentially bringing us back to square one.

“This is something that is constantly monitored and it is doubly important that we continue the right behaviors.

“The people of West Cheshire have united at all stages of the pandemic to care for and protect each other. It is vital that we keep moving forward.”

People living, visiting and working in Cheshire West and Chester are advised to:

• Get the full vaccine.

• Be kind and considerate to others who may feel extremely nervous about the restrictions being lifted again.

• Continue to wear face coverings in crowded interior areas where social distancing cannot be respected, such as supermarkets and public transport, in health and social care facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes. care and general practitioner offices, and where it would make others comfortable.

• Continue social distancing by not being in crowded areas unnecessarily and continuing to work from home if possible.

• Try to meet other people outside if possible.

• Continue to practice good hand hygiene, especially hand washing.

• Keep getting tested – everyone should take rapid, symptom-free tests twice a week using lateral flow tests (LFT). If people have generally associated symptoms such as headache, stuffy or runny nose, fatigue or weakness, body aches, sore throat, or diarrhea, they should have LFT and follow-up with PCR if the LFT test is positive. If people have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in their sense of smell or taste, they should stay home and book a test. PCR.

• Self-isolate if you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19, especially if you work in a high-risk environment.

Cheshire West and Chester businesses and workplaces are also encouraged to:

• Continue to adhere to Covid-19 safe work guidelines, including the provision of washing facilities and proper ventilation with fresh outside air.

• Continue to participate in the testing, tracing and isolation process, and increase testing if your workplace has experienced an outbreak.

• Encourage your employees to get tested if they suspect they are showing symptoms of Covid-19 and self-isolate if they are positive.

• Encourage your employees to have both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine when available.

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