COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise across Warwickshire, prompting the county’s director of public health, Dr Shade Agboola, to urge residents to play their part to stop further restrictions being imposed.
With the seven day average rate across Warwickshire reaching highs of 199.6 per 100,000 in Warwick District, 122.2 in Stratford District, 165.5 in Nuneaton and Bedworth, 222.2 in north Warwickshire and 133.1 in Rugby, the chances that the county will be put into Tier 2 to join neighbouring authorities is increasing.
“Our main priority now is to stop the rise in cases, hospital admissions and ultimately deaths from Covid-19,” said Dr Agboola.
“With the flu season upon us, this is going to be a real challenge as it adds increased pressure on local health services and the NHS.
“So I am urging all residents, regardless of age, to follow the guidance and to take the rise in cases more seriously to protect all those we care about within our own families, our local communities and our NHS colleagues.”
People are asked to wash their hands regularly and when that’s not possible use a hand sanitiser , keep at least two metres from people they don’t live with, and wear a face covering in enclosed places, on public transport and in shops unless exempt.
Dr Agboola added that people should book a test as soon as symptoms appear - a new persistent cough, a high temperature and loss or change to your sense of smell.
Follow the rules and self-isolate if you have symptoms; if you have a positive Covid test or if you are asked to by the NHS Test and Trace service.
Do not leave the house unless you are going to get a test if you have symptoms of Covid-19.