Public health director issues warning as COVID-19 rates rise

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WARRINGTON’S Director of Public Health has issued a warning reminding residents to not let their guard down as the number of COVID-19 cases rises locally.

The ONS Infection Survey, which is the most accurate data for cases following the end of widespread testing, has identified that 1 in 50 residents have had COVID for the week 4 – 11 June.

The previous week had 1 in 70 positive cases, meaning there is a significant increase. This is the first increase in estimated infection rates since early March, and is expected to continue.

Director of Public Health Thara Raj says that whilst people are doing very well to learn to live with the virus, residents are being reminded that COVID is still circulating in the community and can still make people very sick, with an increased number in Warrington still sadly being hospitalised with the virus.

To help keep the number of cases as low as possible, remember the basics of hands, face and space as well as protecting yourself and others by getting vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already.

Also make sure to make the most of the good weather this summer by meeting outdoors or in well-ventilated spaces, as this will make the virus harder to pass on to any other individuals, and importantly, those who are more vulnerable to COVID.

Residents should also keep maintaining excellent hand hygiene and if you have any COVID symptoms and you are able to, either self-isolate, work from home or keep away from others wherever possible.

Director of Public Health, Thara Raj, said: “Due to a number of factors, such as the rise in travel and activities in summer, the warmer weather and the removal of restrictions, we have seen a rise in cases in Warrington. Due to the higher transmission of the current COVID-19 variant, this is to be expected.

“However, the summer season means there is more opportunity for increased ventilation, and alongside the habits we’ve been following throughout the pandemic, we will be able to keep the spread of coronavirus to a minimum.”

For more information about coronavirus in Warrington, visit: www.warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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