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Director of Public Health urges residents to remain cautious to contain the virus

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley, along with the wider Liverpool City Region, is receiving enhanced support from the Government to contain the virus as confirmed cases in the area have increased.

Knowsley’s figures have doubled in the last week and currently stand at 80.9 cases per 100,000 population (as of 11 June). The rate has more than doubled in a week which represents a very rapid escalation of cases.

The enhanced support has been used in other areas of the North West, such as Bolton, which has resulted in a decrease in cases in that area.

Testing, isolation and vaccinations will – in combination with existing guidance such as hands, face, space and fresh air – help suppress and control the spread of the virus and variants.

Residents are encouraged to:-

  • If you’re aged 18 and over, you can book your COVID vaccination through nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119. The vaccination offers you the best protection from the virus. It is important to get both doses of the vaccine, currently 8 weeks apart.
  • Get tested regularly (at least twice weekly) with or without symptoms. There are a range of testing sites across Knowsley for people who are not experiencing any symptoms and testing kits can also be collected from a number of pharmacies, in schools and workplaces. Find out more here.
  • If you have symptoms (high temperature, new / persistent cough, loss of taste or smell), plus the wider flu-like symptoms including body aches, headaches, sore throat, tiredness, shortness of breath and some people also experience nausea and diarrhoea, then stay at home and book a test through nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119. Remember you and your household must self-isolate until your test result comes back.
  • If you test positive through a lateral flow test, you will need to book a confirmatory PCR test as outlined above.
  • If you test positive, you, members of your household and close contacts need to self-isolate for 10 days (from the date you first got symptoms or from the date of your test if you didn’t have symptoms). This is essential to stop the further spread of the virus.
  • Remember, the rules are in still in place around mixing with others indoors – rule of six or up to two households.
  • Try and meet outdoors rather than indoors wherever possible and maintain good ventilation if you do meet indoors.
  • Minimise travel wherever possible.

Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health, said “The vaccination and regular testing are our best way of containing this virus.

“With our cases starting to increase, it’s essential that we contain this virus and residents are once again asked to work with us and follow the advice and guidance being issued.

“In Knowsley, when our cases start to increase, they accelerate at a phenomenal rate and this is something we want to avoid.

“If you are eligible for the vaccination, book your appointment today and ensure you follow up and receive your second dose. If you have any symptoms, including the wider symptoms such as tiredness and headaches, then please book a test.”

The Delta variant is now the dominant strain of this virus across the UK with cases prevalent in Knowsley. Residents are asked to remain cautious, work from home if possible and remember to practise hands, face, space and fresh air.