COVID cases are on the rise in Warwickshire.
The county has seen a surge, with cases now at 48 per 1,000. While this may seem low compared to the peak in March 2021, the figures are going up. This is also the picture nationally and regionally with a rise in the Delta variant playing a key role.
Dr Shade Agboola, Director of Public Health for Warwickshire is urging people to continue playing their part in the fight against the virus.
She said: “The number of reported cases are increasing across the county and although the rise in cases remain relatively low compared to where we have been, if we don’t act now, we can expect to see a surge in cases which will lead to hospitalisations and in some instances a higher number of deaths.
“Throughout the pandemic residents have played a key role in reducing covid cases and whilst I know that people just want to return to a more normal way of living, we need to do it safely. We know that coronavirus is still in our communities, and we need to do everything we can to stop the spread.
“The advice that was given near the start of the pandemic is just as important today as it was then. Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in public places, keep a social distance from those you do not live with, and ensure that you open windows and doors when you have visitors in your home. This advice is key in preventing the spread.
“The vaccine uptake is also playing a key role and we are doing really well in Warwickshire, but I would encourage everyone to book their first and second jabs when invited. However, as with many vaccines, just because you are vaccinated, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still catch the virus or spread it. So, the advice of hands, face, space and fresh air remains key.”
County councillor Margaret Bell, spokeswoman for Adult Social Care and Health, added: “I would like to say thank you to all Warwickshire residents who have stepped up and played their part in the fight against Covid-19, and continue to do the right thing for Warwickshire as we work together to reduce Covid cases within our communities.
“As a community, we all have a part to play, so please ensure that you continue to follow the national advice to help to keep Warwickshire communities safer. It has been a long and difficult journey for many of us, but together we can make a difference. So please remember hands, face, space and fresh air and continue with twice weekly testing.”
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk for more information.