Statement from the Director of Public Health

We have now been placed on high alert by the Government after another week of rising cases.

We’ve jumped from 203 cases per 100,000, 2 weeks ago, to 280 per 100,000 this week*. We must all acknowledge that this situation is serious and requires action by all of us to limit the damage of the virus.

As our rates increase across all age groups, we are seeing an increase in hospital admissions. If you have coronavirus symptoms, any of these:

  • temperature
  • cough
  • loss or change to smell or taste

Stay at home and book a test. If you are positive you must stay at home, not going out for any reason (other than getting your test) for 10 days. This one of the most important steps in breaking the chain and protecting each other. The virus wants to spread to others, so do your bit and don’t let it out. Stay at home, isolate, along with anyone who lives in your house. They must isolate for 14 days, as they too could become infectious in this time.

We are asking people to be even more vigilant about the basic steps - to distance (keep 2 metres from people you do not live with, even in shops), wear face masks, wash hands and reduce your social circle. These measures stop us from unknowingly spreading the virus. Decreasing the number of times you come into contact with others outside your household or bubble - in a shop, at the school gates or in the gym – will also lessen your exposure and help reduce the rising rate of transmission.

As a reminder, the high alert levels mean you must not meet indoors or host people you do not live with at your house unless they are in your support bubble, this should be just one adult from another household. You can, however, meet in the garden if there are no more than six of you and keep 2 metres from those you don’t live with. The police are able to take action against those who break these rules and are issuing fines.

Our cases are occurring across Stockport, with cases in all wards - https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk. We know there are multiple factors linked to the spread, the virus will spread wherever it can, the risk of that increases when we’re close to others, indoors, or with lots of people, so avoid the three Cs – close contact, crowds, closed spaces. For information about what you can and cannot do visit GOV.UK.

Self-isolating

It is vitally important that if you do get symptoms you self-isolate immediately for 10 days and book a test via gov.uk or by phoning 119. If you live with others, they will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Try to minimise transmission within your home by staggering the use of the bathroom, giving each person their own towel, keeping kitchens and bathrooms clean and stopping visitors attending your home.

It is equally important that if you are told to self-isolate through the NHS COVID-19 app that you follow the instruction. This relatively new tool also identifies those who have been in proximity of someone who has tested positive even if you don’t have symptoms.

Support if you’re isolating and struggling

The council coronavirus helpline and website offers support with shopping, medicine supplies, money concerns, food, housing, loneliness, caring responsibilities and help with being digitally connected. Visit our webpages.

Call 0161 217 6046 from Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. If you’re deaf or have difficulty hearing, you can use our textphone on 07860 022 876.

Remember to avoid the 3 C's:

  • close contact such as hugs
  • closed spaces
  • crowds

Please regularly wash (or sanitise) your hands and keep at least two meters away from others and wear a face covering when needed to. Follow the safety guidance at your place of work and within your school or college. This will help to keep you and others safe.

*This is the latest validated figure for Stockport as of 15.10.20