Since the easing of national restrictions, cases of COVID-19 in Knowsley have continued to rise. Currently the number of cases in the borough is 501 per 100,000 which is the 3rd highest in the country, while cases in neighbouring areas across the Liverpool City Region are also at high levels.
It is really important that we all take steps to reduce our rate of infection, stop the spread and protect our communities. This includes continuing with the behaviours that we all become accustomed to over the past 18 months.
We believe that many of the current cases of COVID-19 are linked to increased socialising, including bars, clubs, festivals and visiting friends and family.
To reduce the spread of COVID and help protect our communities, we’re asking Knowsley residents to take the following steps:
- Get vaccinated (two doses) – it offers you the best protection from this virus. Drop-in clinics are taking place across the city region. No appointment is needed for over 18s and both the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine will be available. You find out more here https://www.knowsleynews.co.uk/where-to-get-your-covid-19-vaccination Alternatively, you can book an appointment through uk/covid-vaccinationor ring 119.
- 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. It is really important that you get tested before attending events or large gatherings.
- 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 and any unvaccinated close contacts needs to self-isolate for 10 days. Close contacts who have had both doses of the vaccine are asked to take a PCR test but are not required to self-isolate unless they receive a positive result. 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 if unvaccinated so that they don’t pass on the virus to others. Close contacts who have had both doses of the vaccine are asked to take a PCR test but are not required to self-isolate unless they receive a positive result.
- Continue to use the Test and Trace app
- Consider wearing 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 Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “The current rate of infection in Knowsley is very alarming and we all need to play a role in bringing it back under control.
“We are also seeing an increase in hospital admissions due to COVID-19 and it is important that we reduce this to avoid additional strain on the NHS ahead of the winter months.
“By following the advice outlined above, we can ensure that we are taking steps to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the wider community from COVID-19.”