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First confirmed Omicron case in Liverpool

by Guy Murphy

First confirmed Omicron case in Liverpool

Knowsley residents are being urged to be cautious and continue to follow measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 after the first case of the Omicron variant was confirmed in Liverpool.

Businesses and event organisers are also being asked to review their risk assessments and ensure that COVID-19 secure measures are in place. Businesses and event organisers can find official Government guidance here.

Although there are no confirmed cases in Knowsley, it is important that everyone plays their role in keeping our borough safe.

Scientists are still investigating the Omicron variant and more information will be shared on the variant as soon as it is available

Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “While there is still so much unknown about this new variant, it is really important everyone in Knowsley plays their part in reducing the potential spread of the virus.

“Following those behaviours that are embedded in our every day lives and the new temporary measures put in place by the Government are vital to keeping our rates down.”

Measures that residents and businesses should follow include:

Get vaccinated

If you’ve not had your COVID-19 vaccination, or, if eligible, your COVID-19 booster, you’re encouraged to get it as soon as possible. You can find out more about vaccination here.

Keep your rooms ventilated

Coronavirus particles can linger in the air and so it’s important to keep rooms ventilated. You don’t need to keep the window open for the whole day or night but allowing fresh air for around 10 minutes every hour is enough to reduce the risk.

Have sanitiser on hand

If you’re the having friends over or organising an event, make sure you have hand sanitiser available and encourage everyone to use it. If you’re heading out, try and take your own hand sanitiser so you have some on hand throughout the day or night.

Wear a face covering

Currently face coverings are compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so.

In schools, face coverings should also be worn in communal areas in all settings by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt.

Pupils or students (in year 7 or above) should continue to wear face coverings on public and dedicated school transport, unless they are exempt.

Knowsley Council is urging residents to wear a face covering when in busy or enclosed spaces. Event organisers should also encourage the use of face coverings and, if possible, have a supply available.

Get tested

Knowsley residents are encouraged to undertake twice weekly testing for COVID-19. However, Knowsley Council is also encouraging residents to take an additional test before meeting vulnerable relatives or periods of higher risk such as attending parties.

Event organisers should also encourage attendees to get tested and ensure all staff are tested.

You can pick up home testing kits from local pharmacies, our testing sites and via home delivery. Find out more on testing here.

Keep following COVID safe behaviours

The advice reiterates many behaviours that have become embedded into our everyday lives. This includes:

  • Regularly washing your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes (discard of the tissue immediately and then wash your hands)
  • Consider others – some people may still prefer to wear a face covering (or for you to wear one if you’re in close contact with someone) or for you to keep your distance, so please respect others wishes.

Don’t take risks

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, self-isolate and book a PCR test right away.

The main COVID-19 symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

You can book a test online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.