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COVID-19 Updates & Information

Change in rules regarding face coverings

It was announced yesterday that from July 24th 2020 everyone is required to wear a face covering when entering a shop or business.

This is in addition to wearing one on Public Transport which has been mandatory for some time now.

If you feel you are unable to wear a mask for auditory/sensory/breathing reasons, please visit www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask and download an exemption card for you to show if asked why you are not wearing one.

Please note, it is NOT the responsibility or the role of the Surgery to issue anyone with an exemption letter or certificate.

Please visit the website above for more information or alternatively check 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home for any updates

Recent increase in Corona Virus cases in Knowsley

As figures released by Public Health England today (2nd July)show an increase in the numbers of people in Knowsley testing positive for Coronavirus, local health experts are urging people not to panic.

The figures show that the number of people in Knowsley testing positive for Covid-19 has risen from 6 people per 100,000 to 20 people per 100,000. But these figures need to be understood in context. Whilst it is a reminder to us all to continue to observe social distancing and handwashing – these figures do NOT mean that Knowsley is heading for a ‘local lockdown’ as seen in Leicester.

Knowsley’s Director of Public Health, Sarah McNulty, explains more:

“Naturally we are concerned by any data that indicates an increase in the number of Knowsley residents testing positive for Covid 19.

“However, we must ensure that any figures are considered in context and in perspective. For example Leicester’s rate per 100,000 population is 140 – ours is 20 and not at a level that would indicate a serious cause for concern or for people to panic about.“Similarly it is important to recognise that the number of people being tested in Knowsley has also significantly increased in the last week.

“We will continue to monitor the data closely however and urge our residents to continue to act responsibly – observing handwashing guidance, social distancing and if unwell, ensuring you book a test as soon as possible.

“In advance of lockdown restrictions being relaxed further this weekend this is a timely reminder for us all to continue to proceed with caution and help to limit the spread of the virus any further. ”

Two Metre Rule…

From Saturday 4th July the government's national guidance on social distancing will come into force and the advice to the public will change from ‘stay two metres apart’ to ‘where it is possible to keep two metres apart people should’. The guidance asks people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’, meaning they should remain at a minimum one metre apart while also taking other precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.

 The NHS has made considerable progress in reducing nosocomial infections. At this stage there is no change in the guidance for health services. It remains essential to maintain social distancing at two metres in the NHS and to continue to observe social distancing at two metres wherever possible.

NHS Test & Trace..

  • Continue to maintain regular hand washing, adhere to social distancing guidance, wear a face covering when using public transport or when visiting a hospital setting, work from home if you can and always carry a tissue to “catch it, bin it, kill it” with coughs and sneezes. 

  • It’s really important that if you are displaying symptoms - a high temperature, a new or persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell – that you immediately self-isolate, along with members of your household, and arrange a test for yourself. You can book a test on the at www.nhs.uk or by ringing 119. There are mobile testing units visiting Knowsley as well as two regional test centres. 

  • If you test positive, you must continue to self-isolate for 7 days from the onset of symptoms (and members of your household must self-isolate for 14 days). You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to share information about who you have been in close contact with (within 2m for more than 15 minutes). 

  • The NHS Test and Trace team will then make contact with them and provide advice which includes staying at home for 14 days, even if they do not display symptoms. This will help them to stop, unknowingly, spreading the virus.

Have you tested positive for the Virus? You may be able to help...

  • If you’ve had coronavirus or the symptoms, you can donate plasma for a trial which could save the lives of people who are still ill. Click here to offer to donate.

  • The antibody rich plasma of people who have recovered from COVID-19 can be transfused into people who are struggling to develop their own immune response

  • go to www.nhsbt.nhs.uk for more information



 
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