Help keep coronavirus rates down

3:29pm - 25 June 2021
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Rising coronavirus cases in North Somerset mean we must all still be on our guard as we socialise more with friends and family.

We’ve taken some positive steps forward in our fight against coronavirus in North Somerset during the last few months thanks to everyone’s hard work.

Nonetheless, Covid cases are on the rise, as in the rest of England, with week-on-week infection rates roughly doubling.

This is a reminder that now isn’t the time to stop doing the essential things we know make a real difference – hands, face, space, fresh air, test and vaccinate.

Instances of the Delta variant have been increasing and this variant is known to be more infectious. That’s why we support the government’s decision to delay the final step out of lockdown.

Taking this cautious approach gives us the best chance of continuing to move forward and not have to go back into harsher restrictions.

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In some areas of North Somerset, numbers are unexpectedly high.

A breakdown of figures by ward shows that Abbots Leigh, Pill and Easton-in-Gordano are notably higher than the rest of the area.

The number of Covid cases can vary by local area based on a range of factors, including common settings such as workplaces or hospitality venues, or a household spread.

To support these villages in stopping the spread of the infection, we’re working with the community to make sure the trend doesn’t continue.

The mobile testing unit was redeployed to Pill earlier this week to help find hidden Covid cases, where people are potentially infectious without symptoms.

Public health, licensing and food safety teams are also working with schools, businesses, and other organisations to give extra advice and guidance on how to reduce the risk of Covid transmission.

Remember, if you don’t have any coronavirus symptoms you’re still encouraged to get free rapid tests twice a week.

You can pick up rapid test kits from locations across North Somerset or order them online for home delivery. 

If you are positive, you and your close contacts will need to self-isolate and you’ll need to book a confirmatory PCR test.

Everyone aged 18 or over can now also book their vaccine appointment.

If you’re aged over 40 and have had your first dose more than eight weeks ago you can bring your second appointment forward to get maximum protection sooner.

Coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature, new continuous cough, or change in sense of taste or smell.

Anyone with any of the symptoms should self-isolate and book a symptomatic PCR test or call 119.

Anyone can catch and spread coronavirus but higher rates are being seen in those under 30 and others who have not been vaccinated.

This is because of the extra protection offered by the vaccination and the likelihood of younger age groups coming into contact with more people each day.

An interactive map showing the latest case rate data can be found on the gov.uk website.