Council warns as local Covid cases increase ahead of government announcement

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Cheshire East Council is warning residents and businesses to not let their guard down as Covid cases rise following the relaxing of step 3 restrictions last month.

The increase is mainly affecting those residents in the 10 to 39 age group and the council says it is continuing to support schools, hospitality venues and housing associations across the borough and particularly in the most affected areas.

The latest figures show that local areas, except for Alderley Edge and Chelford, have seen an increase in Covid-19 cases compared to the previous week.

The map, produced by Public Health England, has been updated to show where the new coronavirus cases have been recorded during the 7 day period ending May 30th.

The map breaks down areas by 'middle super output areas' and shows that the infection rate has halved in many local areas during the current lockdown.

These latest figures from Public Health England show the number of cases during the 7 day period and the infection rate per 100,000 people.

• Alderley Edge and Chelford – less than 3 cases so no data shown

• Handforth and Dean Row – 9 82.8 (80%)

• Mobberley, Plumley and High Legh – 10. 83.6 (100%)

• Wilmslow Town – 4 57.1 (100%)

• Lacey Green and Wilmslow Park - 15 227.2 (650%)

• Fulshaw Park and Lindow - 8 110.7 (60%)

• Prestbury and Adlington - 5 97.8 (150%)

% = change from previous 7 day period.

During this seven day period, Cheshire East had 233 cases, which represents a 288.3% increase on the previous 7 days. The infection rate per 100,000 is 60.7.

Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: "Unfortunately after the easing of lockdown restrictions on 17 May, and some residents dropping their guard, we are now seeing a worrying increase in positive Covid-19 cases right across the borough, typically of the Delta (Indian) variant of concern.

"We are not asking residents to change their behaviour, but to continue to adhere to the guidance of hands, space, face and fresh air and to get tested regularly, even if they have had one or both vaccinations.

"For parents or carers of children and young people still attending school after the half term break this is even more important. I am urging all parents to continue to do the right thing and if their child feels unwell or begins to display any symptoms of Covid-19, to keep them off school and to get tested as soon as possible.

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council adults and health committee chair, said: "Faced with the prospect of restrictions ending in a few weeks, now is not the time for any of us to stop doing all of those things which have so far kept us safe throughout the pandemic.

"Wearing a mask indoors, washing our hands, keeping 2m apart and choosing to meet in outdoor spaces are steps each of us can easily take.

"If you are offered the vaccination, I would strongly urge you to accept it and do the right thing for yourself and for Cheshire East. It's in our hands if we want to return to normal but for the next few weeks, we have to adhere to the guidance".

The council has a range of testing options for residents including local testing sites in Crewe or Macclesfield whether you have symptoms or not, the deployment of mobile testing units, or residents can collect home-testing kits from the swab squad teams. More information on all of these options, can be found by visiting: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid-testing.

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Andy Brown
Saturday 5th June 2021 at 7:59 am
Case numbers of little relevance now the vaccine is here. 99% of the deaths came from the vulnerable groups and they've all stepped up and had their two jabs.

Acquired immunity by the young, fit and healthy will see this thing kicked into touch.
Jon Williams
Saturday 5th June 2021 at 11:58 am
It takes a few weeks for your body to build up protection from the vaccine. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so you should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.
John Clegg
Thursday 10th June 2021 at 10:27 am
Er...careful, Andy Brown.
Nationally, there's been an up-tick to about 6,000 cases per day, of which approx. 10% are hospitalized, and Grt Manchester & Lancs are locking-down softly even tho' - the govt are pretending that there is nothing to see.

We still need to be vigilant, and 21st June is only an arbitrary date.

I've copied this reply from a similar article just in case others hadn't seen the article.
John Clegg
Thursday 10th June 2021 at 1:29 pm
Actually, hospitalization isn't currently about 10% of new cases. It's closer to 2-3% at the mo'.

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