REDDITCH is in the top 20 of places with the highest rates of Covid-19 in the country with the borough now on the Government’s list of top 20 areas of concern.
In the majority of cases, transmission has been in the workplace and amongst working age people.
The area is also seeing household spread, as people who test positive, then spread the virus to their family members.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, director for public health for Worcestershire said: “We know that many people in the Redditch area are key workers and have to leave their homes to do vital roles to support their communities.
“Unfortunately, we also know this makes them vulnerable to picking up the virus at work and spreading it to family members at home. 1 in 3 people who test positive, won’t have symptoms and will be unaware this is happening.
“This is why we are urging people, to keep themselves and their loved ones safe by keeping to the rules. It is so important to remember to regularly wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep 2 metres apart at all times where possible. At home regular cleaning of surfaces and good ventilation, like opening a window, can also help.
“We need everyone to stay safe and help us get the numbers down. We are all hopeful about the easing of restrictions, but this is dependant on having low rates of Covid-19.
“Help us get these numbers down so that we can stick to the timeline and enjoy fewer restrictions with the rest of the country.”
Anyone who suspects they have Covid-19 can get a free test at Redditch Town Hall.
For more information about Covid-19 visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/Coronavirus
View the latest figures on the Worcestershire Dashboard www.worcestershire.gov.uk/coviddashboard
See what Redditch aerospace giant Mettis is doing to keep staff safe: https://redditchstandard.co.uk/news/redditch-firm-mettis-works-hard-to-keep-staff-safe/