We have been advised by our local Public Health team that there are currently 3 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. These are additional to the 4 cases announced on 15 July.
At this busy time of year with cases remaining high nationally and restrictions being lifted, it is likely there will be further positive cases over the summer. In light of this, we will not issue further separate announcements for each new set of cases – this is in line with the approach taken nationally to reporting case numbers. You can continue to monitor case numbers on the government’s coronavirus cases website. As always, we will update you if we need you to take specific action not already contained in the advice below.
All of the current cases and their close contacts have been monitored in the normal way and are isolating.
If you have not been contacted by the Council or NHS Test and Trace, there is nothing additional you need to do at this time beyond the usual spread prevention measures (see below). However, you must request a PCR test at the first sign of any COVID-19 symptoms. You can find out how to access testing on Scilly on the Council website. This advice applies to both residents and visitors.
Spread Prevention Measures
The key things that you should be doing to help keep everybody safe are:
- Stick to the safest interpretation of the guidance. Please don’t pre-empt the official date for the changes in guidance. Don’t seek to flex the rules. Don’t put pressure on others to flex the rules. Remember: modelling safe behaviours is a good way of encouraging others to do the same.
- Consider group size and physical interaction. Government advises that at times of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with and minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts. Make space where you can and respect the wishes of others.
- Vaccinations are vital. We urge you to take up the offer of a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are invited to do so. It is the best way of protecting yourself from the most serious effects of the virus.
- Check in using the NHS App. The NHS COVID-19 App is a useful source of data for tracking the virus so by checking in wherever possible, you can contribute to a better understanding of the spread of coronavirus.
- Meet outside wherever possible. Socialising outside remains the safer option, as the Delta variant is much easier to transmit in enclosed spaces. If you are meeting inside, be sure to let plenty of fresh air into indoor spaces.
- Consider the most vulnerable. Remember some individuals remain more vulnerable to the serious complications of coronavirus, even if fully vaccinated.
- Remember basic hygiene. Keep washing your hands and cleaning your surroundings regularly. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze and dispose of tissues safely.
- Take regular rapid (lateral flow) tests. If you are not symptomatic, you should take regular lateral flow tests (and report the results) to help us identify any potential for outbreaks.
- Wear a face covering. The government still expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. Our local public health team also strongly advises the wearing of face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces. You should also respect the policies of individual business owners and the measures they have put in place to protect their staff and other customers.
Our Public Health team are doing everything they can to minimise the risk of further infection. The best thing that you can do to support this effort is to act as if the virus is among us at all times and follow the prevention measures set out above as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest advice on the Council and government websites.
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