An update from Deputy Director of Public Health Rachael Leslie – 4 February

Once again our rate has continued to fall over the week, it now stands at 1064.3 for the period 22-28 January. We’re expecting numbers to fluctuate but remain at this high rate as we move forward.

It’s important to note that from this week re-infections have started to be included in the data. We are seeing the impact of Omicron with more people testing positive for a second time; whilst we saw very few examples of this before Omicron, 13% of cases last month were re-infections. 

After a difficult, and often frustrating, time since returning after Christmas, primary school cases are now starting to fall. I’d like to thank school staff, parents and pupils for doing all they can to ensure our classrooms have been able to stay open in as safe a way as possible. 

We’re also seeing some positive news in our hospitals, as the number of people in active Covid care and ITU have both gone down. 

As Omicron hit our community late last year, we declared a business continuity major incident, since then we’ve managed to keep everything going, despite the disruptions Omicron has caused, and this week the major incident was officially stepped down. 

We are still under pressure, but we are managing this well and we are prepared for any challenges that may lie ahead. 

Finally, a reminder that our rates are still amongst the highest we’ve seen during the pandemic and we all still have our part to play in keeping each other as safe as possible. 

Face coverings are no longer a legal requirement but I’d advise them in busy, enclosed spaces. If you do develop symptoms, isolate and book a PCR test straight away; isolating when testing positive is a vital way to stop community transmission. 

Good ventilation when meeting with family and friends and washing hands regularly can also help to control our rates of Covid and other seasonal illnesses too.

 

  • Category: Health & wellbeing

Last updated: 04 February 2022 14:42:57

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