Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health
COVID cases are rising across the country, which has prompted lots of discussion in the news about contingency plans heading into winter. We’ve been clear that COVID remains a risk – even for those who have been vaccinated – so now is a good time to remind ourselves of the simple but highly effective ways we can all stay protected. Regular handwashing, masks in crowded spaces and opening windows to improve ventilation may have fallen by the wayside for some people. However, these measures are just as important today as they were at the height of the pandemic.
COVID cases in Rutland have risen in line with the national picture and are particularly high at the moment. Like the rest of the country, the majority of our cases appear to be among the younger 10-20 age groups who are now starting to receive the COVID vaccine in greater numbers. This will help but we must all take precautions to stay safe. Testing rates also remain high in Rutland, which is helping to identify cases. I would encourage people to please keep up with regular COVID testing as another effective way to prevent the spread of infection, even if you don’t have any COVID symptoms.
Information about the types of COVID test that are available and when to take them can be found online at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
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