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Care home visiting on hold with immediate effect

by Nicola Appleton

Knowsley is currently experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 confirmed cases. COVID-19 is easily spread from person to person and unfortunately, there is now widespread transmission of this virus in our communities.

As a result, the Government has placed Knowsley (and the wider Merseyside area) on the “area of concern watch list” meaning that our testing data is being reviewed daily by the Government and Public Health England and if increases continue, restrictions could be imposed.

Knowsley Council is taking action to stop the spread of the virus and this includes stopping visitors to care homes with immediate effect. The safety of our most vulnerable residents is a priority for the Council so limiting interactions with care home residents and other people who could be carrying the virus (often unknowingly) is vital.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care said:

“We have had to take this action to protect our most vulnerable residents. COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person so we need to take all the steps that we can to limit people that our care home residents come into contact with. We would encourage people to keep in touch with their loved one through digital channels such as Zoom or WhatsApp. Our Care Home staff would be happy to facilitate safe contact in this way, so you can keep in touch, just in a different way.”

“I’m sure you appreciate the severity of the situation here in Knowsley and this is just one of a number of steps we are implementing to help to stop the spread of the virus. Everyone has a part to play and please follow the advise that has been issued. No-one wants to go into another lockdown situation.”

Everyone can play their part by:-

  • Maintaining social distancing – keep a distance of at lest 2m from other people
  • Wear a face covering where advised – for example in shops, on public transport, places of worship
  • Continue to regularly wash you hands with soap and water
  • Carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes
  • Limit social interactions with others – remember that it is illegal to gather in groups of six or more. The less contact you have with other people, the less likely you are to catch COVID-19 or need to self-isolate if someone you have been in close contact with tests positive.