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Burton Residents Urged to Seize Chance to Contain Covid-19

Posted on Thursday 20th August 2020
Covid woman in mask

Residents and businesses in Covid-19 affected areas of Burton are being urged to seize the chance to contain the outbreak, after a surge in cases.

The town has now seen more than 100 confirmed cases since lockdown measures were eased on July 4 – with the majority of these in the Anglesey, Shobnall, Horninglow and Eton Park areas. This includes15 new cases in these area in the last seven days alone. (Up to August 18)

Dr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said:

“Today marks 150 days since the start of lockdown in the UK and it is a timely reminder of have bleak the situation was and how quickly we can all go back there.

“Covid-19 thrives on complacency and we are making it clear to everyone that now is the time for people to seize the opportunity to stop the spread of the virus.

“If people don’t act now, the reality is that the virus will spread, more lives could be put at risk, business and schools could be forced to close and people could lose their jobs.

“Nobody wants this. We all need to pull together to show the country that Burton can and will turn this situation around.”

The county council has been working closely with East Staffordshire Borough Council, the NHS and the police to help ensure people and businesses stick to the guidance.

Latest cases showed a big increase in women testing positive – with 38 being the average age of everyone testing positive.

Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care, said:

“We are reminding families in particular, that the best way to protect themselves and their loved ones is to follow the guidance, limit social contact and avoid large get-togethers as much as possible.

“We know this isn’t always easy, but now is not the time to be taking risks or ignoring the rules, if we are going to be able to protect lives and keep Burton open for business.”

This guidance includes:

  • Social distancing of 2m
  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in shops
  • Avoiding get-togethers
  • If you live in a large house think about how you can limit contact with others; wipe down bathroom and kitchen surfaces after used; limit people entering your home
  • Self-isolate for 10 days and book a test if you have symptoms
  • Self-isolate for 14 days if you are asked to do so by the NHS Test & Trace service, regardless of whether you feel well

People can book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus   or by phoning 119.  Tests are available at the drive-through Mobile Testing Centre at the Pirelli Stadium.

People living in affected areas who need a test, but don’t have access to a vehicle, can request a home test by calling 0300 111 8050

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