With the current increase in Covid 19 cases in Knowsley and across the City Region, people who have previously ‘shielded’ are being advised to take extra care to protect themselves.
Over the last 10 days, there have been 75 new cases of COVID-19 in Knowsley. This equates to a positivity rate of 3.3% – over three times the 1% rate seen in recent weeks. And while more than half of those testing positive in the borough are people under age 40 – anyone can get COVID-19 at any age.
People with health conditions and those who were asked to shield are still particularly vulnerable and need to take special care and be extra cautious when making decisions to socialise, avoiding crowds and going places that are not COVID-19 secure.
So to protect yourself and others, when leaving work or home, people who have been previously ‘shielded’ are advised to:
Ensure stringent social distancing – stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble
Limit your social contacts – being mindful of the widespread virus transmission
Wash your hands with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available
Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose where social distancing is not possible outdoors and indoors. By law, you must now wear them in most indoor settings including public transport, shops, post-offices, banks, beauty salons, visitor attractions and entertainment venues, libraries, community centres, places of worship and public areas in hotels
Avoid crowded environments where the risk of transmission is higher
Avoid businesses that are not COVID-19 secure (including pubs, cafes and restaurants) – If they are not looking after you, don’t go there!
What to do if you develop symptoms?
If you develop symptoms such as a cough, or fever, or you lose your sense of taste or smell, get a test and stay at home until you get the result. You can book a test by going to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you do not have internet access. If you test positive, please stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms have started. If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, follow their instructions.
What if you need help to self-isolate?
Now is the time to think about who would support you if you can’t go out. Who will be able to help you get your shopping and essentials? Ask your family, friends or neighbours if they can help – have a plan.
Knowsley’s Community Support and Volunteer Line is here help people who have been asked to self-isolate and have NO means of support from friends, family, or neighbours, to remain at home. Get in touch if you need help with:
- Emergency Foodbanks
- Dog walking
- Collecting Prescriptions
- Or just having a friendly voice just to speak to
Those who have previously ‘shielded’ and now need support can call Adult Social Care on 0151 443 2600 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said: “While we all need to be vigilant at this worrying time, those who have been shielding are particularly vulnerable and need to take extra care.
“To keep yourself safe limit your social contacts, follow the 2 metre rule, wash your hands with soap and water often. Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose where social distancing is not possible outdoors and indoors. Avoid crowds and going to places that are not COVID-19 secure.
“We all need to play our part in preventing the further spread of COVID-19 to keep ourselves and other safe.”