Norfolk Covid-19 weekly update

NEWS RELEASE

22 October 2020

Norfolk Covid-19 weekly update

This is the first of a new   weekly media bulletin on the latest Covid-19 information and statistics for   Norfolk. A weekly press conference will also take place every Thursday to   provide an update on the latest situation in the county.

Latest statistics for   Norfolk show cases are continuing to rise

Covid-19 rates across Norfolk   have continued to rise this week, with people across the county being advised   to be extra careful over the half-term break.

The seven-day incidence for   Norfolk between October 10 and 16 was 58.94 per 100,000, compared with 51.11   for the same period the previous week. This compares with 75.37 for the East   of England and 171.75 for England.

Norwich continues to have the   highest rate of infection, with 107.42 cases per 100,000, followed by Great   Yarmouth (93.62); Breckland (56.44); South Norfolk (49.69); Broadland   (39.00); North Norfolk (36.25) and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk (35.01).

As of Wednesday, 21 October,   there were 46 people in hospital in the county with coronavirus.

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Chair of   the Norfolk Engagement Board and Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “The   people of Norfolk continue to pull together and have been doing a great job   of protecting themselves and each other but our rates of the virus are   continuing to climb.

“It’s vital that we continue   to protect ourselves and others. The advice remains the same, keep washing   our hands, keeping our distance, wearing a face covering and sticking to the   rule of six. It’s a county-wide effort and every one of us needs to continue   to play our part to protect Norfolk.”

Half-term travel and   tourism advice

As more people travel and   socialise over the school holidays, Norfolk County Council is urging people   to continue to follow the public health advice – keep to the rule of six and   keep washing hands, socially distancing and covering faces where needed.

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Chair of   the Norfolk Engagement Board and Leader of Norfolk County Council, said:   “Norfolk is very much open for business particularly over half-term and I   hope that families will be able to get out and safely enjoy the many places   and attractions our county has to offer.

“Rates of the virus here are   increasing but they still remain lower than those nationally – so I’d urge   people to be extra careful if they are travelling to and from Norfolk and to   continue to follow the public health advice. It’s sensible to avoid crowded   areas, where social distancing is more difficult, and to check if you need to   pre-book days out with the family.

"With different areas of   the United Kingdom facing different restrictions, you wouldn’t expect people   to be leaving areas in Tier 3 (very high risk). It’s vital that everyone   checks the status of local areas before travelling. Details on the tiers for   each area are available at www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions.

“The virus thrives on human   contact, so the more we can do to minimise that by following the guidelines,   they are there for a good reason, the more we can prevent its spread.”

Reminder on when and   how to isolate

With rates of coronavirus in   the county continuing to increase, it remains crucial that people follow the   guidance around when and how to isolate to prevent spreading the virus.

People should self-isolate   immediately if:

  • You        have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new,        continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)

  • You've        tested positive for coronavirus

  • You        live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive

  • Someone        in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive for the virus

  • You're        told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, the app, or local test and        trace teams

  • You        arrive in the UK from a country on the government’s quarantine list

People who are isolating must   stay at home and not have any visitors to their home or garden for the   duration of the isolation period (unless for essential care).

Dr Louise Smith, Director of   Public Health for Norfolk said: “We completely understand that isolating is   difficult, particularly after such a long period of restrictions. However, it   can literally save lives by preventing the spread of the virus.

“Isolation means staying away   from everyone outside of your immediate household – please don’t go to the   shops, go to stay with family or have visitors. There is financial help   available and support to get supplies. Agencies across Norfolk are here to   help – we need to all work together to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Those who need support with   accessing food and medicine can also contact the council for help on 0344 800 8020. Details   on the Isolation Support Payment are available here.

Appeal for young   Covid Champions to help share and shape public health messages

Norfolk County Council and   Mancroft Advice Project are urging young people to come forward to be Covid   Champions to help share and shape public health messages during the pandemic.

The council wants to create a   network of champions that can help shape young people-facing campaigns and   promote messages via their schools and social networks.

The council is already   working closely with schools to provide advice and support and has a range of   Covid-19 materials aimed at children and young people.

MAP will be working with the   Covid Champions to provide advice and support.

Young people who are   interested can email marketing@norfolk.gov.uk

New local testing site   for Great Yarmouth

A new local testing site is   currently being built in Great Yarmouth to help create more testing capacity   in the borough.

The site at Nelson Road car   park will be operational from tomorrow.

Norfolk’s Health Protection   Board applied to the Department for Health and Social Care to create the   additional capacity in the county.

People are encouraged to book   a test for the new centre online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  or by calling 119. The tests are a walk-through service only and are in   addition to permanent and mobile testing sites that are already in operation.

Home testing kits remain the   most convenient way to access a test and mean that people do not need to   travel for a test. This can be booked via the same route as test centres.

Cllr Proctor added: “We’re   pleased to be working with the government to bring this extra testing site to   the county. It means those living in Great Yarmouth have another way to   access tests, helping us to track the virus and prevent the spread.”

Those working at sites are   provided with personal protective equipment to protect themselves from the   virus and to ensure the safety of the wider community. Those attending the   site must wear a face covering with the exception of those under three.   Everyone must maintain social distancing.

ENDS

For   political comment
 For details of cabinet members, committee chairs and agendas, please see: www.norfolk.gov.uk/cabinetandchairs   
 Group leaders’ and councillors’ contact details are available at: www.norfolk.gov.uk/countycouncillors   

 For further information please contact:
 Communications Team at Norfolk County Council
 Tel: 01603 228888
 Email:
pressoffice@norfolk.gov.uk

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