Like other areas across the country Knowsley and neighbouring authorities in Merseyside, have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last week.
The increase in confirmed cases has today placed Merseyside on an “area of concern” list meaning that figures will be closely monitored by the Government and Public Health England. Currently, restrictions are not being imposed, but this is subject to review.
Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:
“I am deeply concerned by the rising number of cases we are seeing in Knowsley and in the region as a whole. This is absolutely not the position we wanted to find ourselves in and I know that many residents are both disappointed and concerned to see the virus spreading in our community once more.
I have to thank everyone who has been playing their part in our efforts to stop the spread of the virus but I think we all have to refocus our efforts and follow the rules closely. I know that some people are getting fed up and relaxing a little too much – that can’t continue. And it seems that some people think the rules aren’t for them, and that just needs to stop.
Alongside our partners, we will not hesitate to enforce against non-compliance. People’s behaviour has to change if we are to save lives and ensure that this horrendous virus is not allowed to spread any further.”
Residents and businesses are being reminded to:
- Maintain social distancing – that’s keeping a 2m distance between yourself and others.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water.
- Wear a face covering where advised including on public transport and in shops.
- Only socialise with people from one other household at any one time. Remember from Monday 14 September, it will be illegal for groups of more than six people to socialise – this includes in someone’s home, in a pub or in the outdoors.
- If you show any symptoms – high temperature, new / persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell – stay at home and book a test through www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.
- If you do receive a call from the NHS Test and Trace service, follow their advice and self-isolate if advised to do so – this is essential in helping to stop the spread of the virus.
Booking a test
As well as the regional test centres at Haydock Park Racecourse and Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Knowsley residents also have access to the mobile testing unit in both Huyton and Kirkby until the end of September as well as the new local testing site in Huyton (opposite Huyton Library). The new local testing site is a walk-through facility, enabling better access to testing facilities for people who don’t have a car.
The booking system refreshes throughout the day so if you don’t get a local appointment first time, try again throughout the day.