South Derbyshire news update
Continue to be vigilant
There were more than 500 outbreaks or suspected outbreaks of COVID-19 recorded in offices in the second half of 2020, more than in supermarkets, construction sites, warehouses, restaurants and cafes combined.
New figures from Public Health England show more than 60 suspected outbreaks of COVID-19 were recorded in the first two weeks of the current lockdown in England.
This is a timely reminder to us all of the need to remain vigilant at all times, to follow all the guidance around hygiene: to wash or sanitise hands frequently, to wear face coverings were required, leave a two metre gap with other people not in your household or support bubble and to have adequate ventilation indoors.
Reminder on self-isolation
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 then you must isolate for a period of ten days. You must not go outdoors other than for specified reasons as defined by the Govt.
If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 you must stay at home and self-isolate. Do not go to work, school, or public areas and do not use public transport or taxis.
Your isolation period includes the day the first person in your household's symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms, whether this was an LFD or PCR test), and the next ten full days.
If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 yourself, you do not need a test. Only arrange a test if you develop COVID-19 symptoms or if you are asked to do so as part of a wider testing scheme.
If for any reason you have a negative test result during your ten day isolation period, you must continue to self-isolate. Even if you don't have symptoms, you could still pass the infection on to others. You must stay at home for the full ten days to avoid putting others at risk.
If you develop symptoms while you are isolating, arrange to have a COVID-19 test. You should call 119 to arrange this. Do not go to one of the community testing centres, these are only for people who do not have symptoms.
If your test result is positive, follow the advice for people with COVID-19 to stay at home and start a further full ten day isolation period. This begins when your symptoms started, regardless of where you are in your original ten day isolation period. This means that your total isolation period will be longer than ten days.
If other household members develop symptoms during this period, you do not need to isolate for longer than ten days.
Failure to self-isolate may result in a fine, starting from £1,000. Parents or guardians are legally responsible for ensuring that anyone under 18 self-isolates if they test positive for COVID-19 and are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate.
Coronavirus cases in South Derbyshire
The latest figures show an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in South Derbyshire.
There were 402 cases of COVID-19 confirmed between 16 and 22 January compared to 285 cases in the previous week (9 to 15 January).
Please remember to follow all guidelines to prevent the further spread of the virus: particularly "hands, face, space".
Coronavirus community testing
Please continue to use the community testing centres in South Derbyshire and encourage friends and family to do the same.
The community testing centre at Grove Hall has now closed.
The centre at Gresley Old Hall remains open until Friday 5 February and the testing centre at Midway Community Centre remains open until further notice.
You don't need to book. You can turn up each day, 9am to 7pm on weekdays (last admission 6.15pm) and 9am to 4pm at weekends (last admission 3.15pm).
The test is available for those over the age of 11 and don't have symptoms. The testing will identify people with COVID-19, enable support for those who have to self-isolate and drive infection rates down in the county.
Councillor Amy Wheelton
T: 07973 909509
Posted: Mon, 01 Feb 2021 13:19 by Parish Clerk