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Stockport warns of rising Covid-19 infections

Stockport warns of rising Covid-19 levels
Posted – 30 Jul 2020

Stockport Council is reminding residents of measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19, following a spike in cases in the borough.

Stockport has fortunately seen low rates of Covid-19 infection throughout the pandemic, relative to other boroughs in Greater Manchester and communities nationwide. In late June and much of July, new confirmed cases of the disease being reported were typically averaging five or fewer positive tests per day.

In the week from Thursday 23rd July however, Covid-19 infection rates in Stockport have tripled to up to 15 cases being reported per day.

While in part, the spike in infections has been linked to a single care home outbreak, the Council’s public health officials are also reporting rising cases among 18 to 25 year olds, which is of growing concern. Rising case numbers does not appear to be limited to particular neighbourhoods or districts in the borough.

Stockport Council is now launching a campaign to engage with the community to encourage ‘Covid-safe socialising’ to keep communities healthy, while continuing to allow people to meet in bars, restaurants and other venues.

Director of Public Health, Jennifer Connolly said:

We would like to remind all residents, no matter what age they are, of the importance of not meeting up with anyone if there are any confirmed cases within the household. If this is the case households should isolate for 14 days if a household member has been tested positive or has symptoms and is awaiting test results. We encourage everyone in Stockport to comply with NHS test and trace advice, including isolating for 14 days if you are advised to do so following contact with someone who has been confirmed as having Covid-19.”

Stockport Council is reminding residents of the following advice to keep communities safe:

  • Keep 2m physical distancing from people outside your household. This is the most effective preventive measure.
  • If you become unwell with Covid-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please isolate and arrange a test – this can be done via testing@stockport.gov.uk; via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus, or phone 119.
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces (unless you have a legitimate reason not too) – here’s how to wear a face covering appropriately. This means covering your mouth and nose at all times with the face covering
  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Please do isolate if you are advised to do so as a result of being a contact of someone with covid-19 even if you do not have symptoms at the time of being advised.

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