CORNWALL Council is warning residents to take extra precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 as case rates in the county hit an all-time high.
On Tuesday (March 22) cases hit the record high of 1,322 per 100,000, a rate which also makes Cornwall the second highest area for cases in England.
Cornwall Council’s assistant director of public health, Dr Ruth Goldstein, has urged people to follow the original COVID guidance to help bring Cornwall’s case numbers down and protect the NHS.
She said: “COVID hasn’t gone away – quite the opposite. Our case rates have rocketed in recent weeks, and the current situation is really concerning. It’s important that we all take precautions and follow public health guidance if we’re to reduce our chances of getting COVID.”
The surge in infections is likely to be due to several factors, including the new and highly infectious sub-variant of Omicron, along with COVID-19 restrictions being lifted.
Dr Goldstein said: “I urge everyone to do your best to follow the original COVID guidance so we can reduce the spread of the virus. This new variant is incredibly transmissible, so please do get back to the basics: hands, face, space and fresh air. You should self-isolate and avoid contact with as many people as possible if you have COVID symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.
“It’s important we don’t underestimate COVID. While it’s true that some people report milder symptoms - like a heavy cold - others get seriously ill. And because it affects everyone differently and there’s no way of knowing how you will be impacted. It can also lead to complications including long COVID which could affect you for a long time to come, and that could affect your income, not just your health”.
Cllr Dr Andy Virr, Portfolio Holder for Adults and Public Health, said: “These high case rates are having an impact across Cornwall. We’re seeing cases in hospitals rise again, which also means our health and care workers are getting sick again too. Businesses are struggling to cope with absences again, so we really all need to play our part in reducing the spread so that everything can run as smoothly as possible”.
To help keep yourself, and others, safe public health advice is to:
• Follow hands, face, space, fresh air guidance;
• If you have symptoms, please book a PCR test;
• Please, do the right thing if you can, stay at home and isolate if you have symptoms or test positive;
• If you can, please be responsible and don’t go to work if you are ill
• Avoid as much contact with other people as possible if you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19;
• You can leave self-isolation when you have had two consecutive LFD tests from days five and six;
• If you have to leave home, please wear a face covering and avoid spending time in crowed places or meeting vulnerable people;
• Get vaccinated: vaccines are still one of the best defences, they can reduce the risk of serious illness and help stop the spread of the virus.