Coronavirus Cases in West Cheshire Down, But Council Says it Needs Better Data From Government
|Published: 7th July 2020 08:29|
Cheshire West and Chester Council says that just 29 cases of Covid-19 infections were reported in the last seven days, but that they need more timely data from the Government in order to ensure any future local outbreaks can be quickly identified and contained.
The figure is the lowest since the outbreak began. At its height in late April and early May, over 200 cases a week were being reported.
Last week CWAC launched its Coronavirus Outbreak Prevention, Management and Support Plan, which aims to prevent the spread of the virus and outlines how it will protect the community, in partnership with regional organisations such as Public Health England North West, if local outbreaks occur in the borough.
Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council Cllr Louise Gittins said: ‘The reduction in cases has been achieved by us all playing our part and following the national guidance.
"By washing our hands, keeping a safe physical distance from others, and avoiding large crowds we can all help to reduce the number further. If you do show symptoms of a new continuous cough, fever or have a loss of taste and smell please get tested and follow the guidance to self-isolate.
"I want to say a big thank all of the residents of west Cheshire for playing your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 so far.
"We all want to continue to enjoy the benefits of the easing of lockdown, seeing our loved ones and getting our economy back on track, so it is vital we remain cautious and do not get complacent as we all go about our daily lives."
The Government currently provides the Council with some local data on Test and Trace, it is this vital information that gives the locations of confirmed cases, but currently that is only provided once a week. The information also does not contain all the detail the Council needs, such as reporting the workplaces of people who have tested positive. This accurate data is needed on a daily basis to ensure an adequate Test and Trace service is in place to help protect lives and livelihoods.
In the absence of this timely national data the Council is actively working with Public Health England, local NHS partners, care homes, schools and businesses to identify and prevent any potential local outbreaks.
The key message is to protect yourself and your family and friends by getting a Coronavirus test if you have symptoms of a persistent cough, fever or loss of taste and smell - call 19 or visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.
Protect your community by then self-isolating for 14 days if you have symptoms or if alerted to do so by a contact tracer.
For more information please visit the Council's website: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/coronavirus