Coronavirus update from Director Of Public Health

The council is working very closely with our partners in the borough and throughout Greater Manchester.

Over the past week the number of positive cases per 100,000 population in Stockport is continuing to rise quickly. Currently this is 44.6 compared to 8.9 per 100,000 a few weeks ago. When rates rise, we are seeing further restrictions being imposed we need to try really hard to avoid this if we can in Stockport; especially as the relaxation of restrictions a week ago was a welcome relief for everyone.

The data provided to us from the national test and trace service suggests that most cases in Stockport are rising because more people are mixing socially with other households. Whilst it’s good to enjoy new found freedoms since restrictions were lifted, we all need to work together to protect our more vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours and by keeping ourselves safe too. If we do this we may be able to avoid the need for further restrictions as we keep the rate of positive cases as low as possible.

Remember - COVID loves the three Cs – close contact such as hugs, closed spaces, and crowds – so please avoid these as much as possible.

I can't stress to you enough how important it is for us to all keep continuing to:

• keep 2 metres from anyone you do not live with – you really need to do this with friends and relatives that you don’t live with (or are not in a bubble with) as well as with other people that you have contact with.
• regularly sanitise (or wash) your hands thoroughly
• meet no more than six people inside or outside - for more information visit GOV.UK
• wear a face covering where needed (unless exempt)
• follow the safety guidance at your place of work and within your school or college

For a full list of what you can and can't do please visit GOV.UK.

The council has put together a list of frequently asked questions and this may be helpful if you are unsure of anything covid related. Please visit our FAQ page.

It is also vitally important that if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, you arrange to get tested, even if you feel well. The symptoms are:
• high temperature
• new, continuous cough
• loss of change of taste or smell, no matter how mild

It can be difficult to get a test immediately at the moment, but though frustrating please keep trying until you do. Your household members will also need to self-isolate if you have symptoms and you will need to keep yourself and your family at home whilst awaiting your test result. The only reason you should leave your home is to get tested. I understand this can be difficult, but if we all follow the guidance we can stop the virus spreading to others.

We have testing available in Stockport locations, as well at the airport and the Etihad stadium. You can also book a home test if you do not have access to a car. You can visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test; or ring 119 to book a test.

Covid has not gone away and we are starting to see a rise in the number of cases across all ages. Please do everything you can to keep yourself and others safe. We have seen how Stockport came together through lockdown to deal with the crisis then, and I know we can do it again.