Plea to Residents after COVID Rates Rocket

Published: Tuesday, 15 September 2020

A call is going out to Oadby and Wigston residents asking them to play their part in fending off a second wave of coronavirus – after the borough’s rates rocketed over the weekend.

Leicestershire County Council’s director of public health, Mike Sandys, is urging residents to prevent the need for local restrictions by bringing rates down.

Latest data shows that the borough is now the second highest in the country with a rate of over 100 cases (115) for every 100,000 people. The national average stands at around 33 per 100,000.

The council is now delivering leaflets to around 13,000 people and contacting GP surgeries to highlight the need for people with symptoms to get a test.

Other measures being considered include the possibility of enforcement action as ‘hot-spots’ are identified and the council is also awaiting confirmation of a further, additional testing unit for the district.

Mike Sandys said: “This is serious and it might be enough of a rise to warrant further restrictions.

“We know cases are rising nationally but this is a big leap in our neck of the woods and a stark reminder that the pandemic is not over.

“We’ll work closely with our district partners in Oadby and Wigston over the next few days. If cases don’t fall, and quickly, we’ll have to consider introducing local restrictions.

“Keeping your distance, getting a test if you have symptoms, washing your hands and wearing a face covering where required needs to become the new normal.”

The director’s message has been echoed by Lee Breckon, county council cabinet member for health and wellbeing, who said it’s vitally important that rates are driven down, particularly as we approach the winter months.

Lee Breckon said: “We need residents to do everything they can to protect their families and friends. The key to getting this under control is in all of our hands.”

People are urged to follow the guidance below:

  • If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of smell/taste, book a test
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces, including public transport – unless you have a good reason not to
  • Do not meet socially in groups of more than six people
  • If you’re meeting up with friends, keep two metres apart
  • If you’re contacted by test and trace, you must isolate for 14 day
  • Avoid car sharing, if possible

Read the Government guidance at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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