Knowsley Council is urging residents aged 60+ to take steps to reduce their risk of catching COVID-19 after the rate of infection amongst that age group has seen an increase in the last week.
Currently Knowsley’s rate of over-60s with COVID-19 is 230 per 100,000, the highest in the country. The growing number of infections in the age group is causing concern to due to their increased vulnerability to the virus.
Residents are asked to take precautions, such as continuing to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as on public transport, in supermarkets and in health settings, regularly wash their hands and reducing their contact with people when out and about.
Knowsley Council is also urging all residents to continue testing regularly for COVID-19. Particularly with children who might be moving from household to household due to child minding commitments during the summer holidays. More information on testing is available here.
The COVID-19 vaccine offers the best protection against the virus and data has shown that it reduces the risk of getting seriously ill or being hospitalised. Over 60s are particularly encouraged to have both doses of the vaccine, but from last week, all over 16s are now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccine and more information can be found here.
Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “The increase in rates amongst those over 60 is very alarming and so it is really important that we all take steps to reduce the risk.
“The vaccine offers the best protection, and I would urge anyone who is yet to have their vaccine to do so.
“With the changes to self-isolation rules, I would also ask all residents that they continue to test regularly to make sure that they aren’t unknowingly carrying the virus and play their role in protecting family, friends and our community.
“It’s also advisable to continue with the behaviours we have all become accustomed to – wearing a face covering, regular hand washing, carrying a tissue when out and about to catch coughs and sneezes and keeping our distance from others.”