Residents in Knowsley are strongly urged to continue follow the rules and stay at home as much as possible to help to reduce COVID-19 infection rates even further prior to schools opening. All schools and colleges will open from 8 March in the first stage of the Government’s roadmap out of easing lockdown restrictions, however infection rates are still high in Knowsley and local hospitals continue to be under pressure.
Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health for Knowsley said “It’s really important that residents continue to abide by the current lockdown rules and play their part in reducing infection rates.
Although schools and colleges are as safe as they can be, there is the potential that high rates in the community could mean a rise in COVID rates in school/college settings. By starting at a low number of infections on 8 March, we can reduce the risk of rates going up rapidly, as we have seen following previous lockdowns.
It is vital that we do everything we can to help our children and young people continue with their education uninterrupted. With lower rates, we can also look forward to the gradual easing of restrictions over the coming months as set out in the Government’s roadmap.”
Under current lockdown rules, people should continue to stay at home and only leave the house for essential reasons such as work, education, shopping and medical appointments. A full list of what is permitted is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
A combination of the vaccine roll out and testing will help control the virus. The vaccine programme is running well with good uptake among priority groups and those who cannot work from home can access regular testing even if they do not have symptoms. Details on asymptomatic testing centres can be found on Knowsley News.
If residents experience symptoms of COVID (high temperature, new continuous cough or loss/change of taste or smell or other symptoms that may be related to COVID which includes body aches, headaches, sore throat, tiredness, shortness of breath, nausea or diarrhoea) they can obtain a test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.
If the test is positive, residents must follow the guidance including self-isolating immediately. More information on self-isolating can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
For those who need support during this difficult time please visit www.kindtoyourmind.org which has details of 24/7 crisis helplines and resources to help mental wellbeing.