Whilst national restrictions are being lifted from Monday 19 July, COVID rates across many parts of the country, including Knowsley, are rising. There is a perception that COVID has gone away – it hasn’t.
In Knowsley, current case rates are 489.9 cases per 100,000 population with rates in neighbouring areas across the Liverpool City Region also being at high levels. Our transmission rates in the Borough are high for a number of reasons including people not being aware that they have the virus and for those who are, they may be unable to self-isolate, which also means the chances of catching the virus are high.
That’s why its so important to continue with the behaviours that we have all become accustomed to in order to contain our rates and stop the spread of the virus in our communities.
Everyone is asked to follow the advice to protect not only themselves, but others around them, particularly our most vulnerable residents. The advice includes:-
- Get vaccinated (two doses) – it offers you the best protection from this virus. Drop-in clinics are taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Kirkby One Stop Shop and Huyton One Stop Shop from 10am until 5pm. No appointment is needed for over 18s and both the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine will be available. Alternatively, you can book an appointment through nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ring 119. If you need help getting to a vaccine site, we can help you to get there. Further details are available here.
- Get tested – regular (twice weekly) tested should continue. It will help to identify people who have the virus so that they can self-isolate and stop passing the virus on to others. Find out more about where you can get tested or pick up testing kits here.
- Self isolate where required – if you test positive through a lateral flow test, stay at home and book a confirmatory PCR test through nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119. If your PCR test is positive, you, members of your household and close contacts needs to self-isolate for 10 days. Help and support is available if you are self-isolating.
- Share close contacts – if you test positive with a PCR test, NHS test and trace will be in touch with you asking for people that you have been in close contact with. They will be contacted and asked to self-isolate so that they don’t pass on the virus to others.
- Continue to use the Test and Trace app / sign in to premises when visiting.
- Continue to wear a face covering in crowded indoor settings, particularly where social distancing can’t be maintained. This includes wearing a face covering on public transport and in health settings.
- Be mindful that some people will continue to keep social distancing and ensure you give them plenty of space.
- Continue with regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you’re meeting with people from outside of your household, meet outdoors rather than indoors wherever possible and remember to get tested ahead of meeting other people.
- If you do meet indoors, keep windows and doors open to maintain good ventilation.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said “With the lifting of restrictions, people think that the virus has gone away. It hasn’t and in Knowsley, we are seeing increasing rates.
“That’s why it’s essential that everyone continues to remain cautious and continues with the behaviours that we have all become accustomed too. We know that such behaviours reduce the transmission of the virus and will reduce the chances of people becoming very ill with COVID.
“Being responsible and continuing to look after yourself will also help to protect your family members and our more vulnerable residents.
My message is clear – help to keep Knowsley safe by testing regularly, getting vaccinated and self-isolate where required.”