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The virus has not gone away – vaccinate, test, self-isolate and share contacts

by Guy Murphy

With COVID rates increasing in Knowsley, it’s essential that residents continue to follow the advice being issued by Public Health professionals.

As at 28 June, Knowsley’s rates are 279.1 per 100,000 and are continuing to rise at a significant rate.

The Delta variant spreads quickly, particularly in indoor settings, so the advice is:-

  • If you’re aged 18 or over, book your COVID vaccination if you haven’t already. You can book an appointment through nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ring 119. The vaccine offers you the best protection from the virus and two doses are essential (given around 8 weeks’ apart) to give you the maximum protection.
  • Take part in regular (twice weekly) testing – it will identify people with the virus but who do not have symptoms. You can go to assisted testing sites across the Borough or pick up testing kits to do at home. Find out where the sites are here.
  • Remember to share any close contacts with NHS Track and Trace if you test positive.
  • Remember that you, your household and close contacts will need to self-isolate for 10 days if you test positive.
  • Continue with regular hand washing, wearing a face covering where advised, maintaining social distancing and keeping windows / doors open in indoor settings to create good circulation.

Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, said “In Knowsley, we know that when our rates start to increase, we are hit badly so it’s essential that everyone continues to play their part and prevent the further spread of the virus.

“With the easing of restrictions, people think that the virus has gone away. It hasn’t and as well as rising rates, we are also starting to see hospital admissions rising too.

“If you are eligible for the vaccination, don’t delay and make your appointment today. We have a better chance of containing this virus if more people in our Borough are vaccinated.”

An information leaflet has been produced advising residents of the steps they can take to help to bring our rates down.  You can download the leaflet here.