Over the weekend we began to see a rise in the number of positive cases in Stockport.
We have moved from seeing 5 or fewer cases per day on average through late June and earlier in July, to seeing between 5-15 cases per day since Thursday 23rd July.
This is well below many other areas across the country but as we are starting to see in particular rising numbers of cases in our 18-25 year old population (which does not appear to be limited to a particular district or neighbourhood within Stockport), this is obviously a growing concern and we are as a result taking the following actions.
For our younger adults we are engaging with our community through a variety of routes, to encourage ‘covid-safe’ socialising. We know that by keeping 2m social distancing when meeting up with others, we each reduce the chance of transmission and not becoming a contact. We are again promoting this through an extensive social media campaign that will be launched today, and we encourage all residents to share and promote these important messages. We know that our residents will be starting to meet friends in bars, restaurants and other venues and we want to encourage everyone to do this as safely as possible to keep the rate of infection in the town as low as possible and to keep our communities healthy. Keeping a 2 metre distance with friends remains the most effective approach.
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.
As a reminder the key steps we can all be taking to reduce the spread of covid-19, and therefore reducing the chances of ourselves, family or friends becoming unwell or being identified through track and trace and having to isolate, are:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 a link to remind you 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.