Covid-19 - what you need to know

Covid-19 - what you need to know

By Professor Kate Ardern, director of public health Wigan Borough

We’ve been monitoring the impact of Covid-19 locally for some time and are working closely with our partners to put together an accurate picture of new infection rates, death registrations, the R number and more.

There has been much discussion in the last few weeks about local lockdowns, not helped by the publication of a list which named areas which were facing that scenario – including Wigan. The way the information was pulled together was misleading, unhelpful and irresponsible which was why we came out to refute this claim.

We’re now publishing a weekly Covid-19 surveillance tracker on the council’s website, which allows you to see how the borough is doing in the fight against this virus, compared to the regional and national picture.

You’ll also be aware face coverings are now compulsory in all shops and supermarkets, and of course on public transport. If you need advice about how to wear yours safely there’s a video on the council’s facebook page which shows you how to put it on and remove it. And remember to always discard in a bin if it’s a disposable mask.

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve also launched our test and trace campaign. It’s a vital component in our return to normality and will help us to control the virus in the local community. If you test positive for Covid-19, someone from the test and trace service will contact you and ask who you’ve been in recent contact with. You may want to keep a diary or track of your movements so if this information is needed you can supply it. We must all play our part to help reduce the spread of this virus.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, you, your household and anyone included in your support, should begin to self-isolate immediately. You should arrange a test at the earliest opportunity by ringing 119 or going to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Posted on Thursday 23rd July 2020
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