Borough Insight

Covid update

Image: an advertising truck under the Epsom Clock Tower highlighting the rise in covid ratesFollowing the four-week pause on step 4 of the government's roadmap out of lockdown, step 3 restrictions will continue to remain in place.

Covid cases have been rising in Epsom and Ewell and the infection rate is higher than the national average. The borough is in the national top 20% of highest rates.

The increase is especially high in the 10-19 age group. While the majority of this age group will not be at high risk of developing the worst symptoms, they can spread it to those who will.

There are three things that we can all do, to keep COVID-19 at bay and see the ending of all restrictions safely:

Test regularly

We should all get into the habit of taking twice-weekly Lateral Flow Tests as we go about our lives. A third of COVID cases show no symptoms, so taking free Lateral Flow Tests at home a couple of times a week is the quickest and easiest way of being sure we’re not spreading the virus unknowingly. Get a pack of tests by heading to GOV.UK website and get testing!

Image: the mayor takes a covid test at the testing unit in Epsom Market PlaceOn Tuesday 29 June and every Tuesday in July a mobile lateral flow testing unit will be in the Epsom Market Place offering symptom free testing and giving out the testing sets available on the GOV.UK website. The Mayor welcomed the unit to Epsom and took the quick test (right).

If you have symptoms or need to confirm a positive lateral flow test, you must take a PCR test via a testing site or by ordering online, and you must self-isolate immediately.

Take the Vaccine

The vaccines are working. Data shows they are weakening the link between cases and hospitalisations and deaths. We now have to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible, in order to limit the virus’ ability to spread and mutate, and to protect the NHS. To check when its your turn and to book your vaccine check go to the NHS website.

Hands – Face – Space – Fresh Air

The basic public health messages that we have heard since the start of the pandemic remain the best way to stay safe from COVID. Wash hands, wear a face covering, keep your distance from others, and embrace the fresh air!

For more information on step 3 of the Roadmap out of lockdown, visit the GOV.UK website.

 

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