Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2020
People in South Staffordshire are being called on to stick strictly to the Covid-19 rules, after a sharp increase in cases in the district.
Since September 1, around 200 people have tested positive for the virus and the numbers continue to rise.
Leaders say everyone must now re-double their efforts to protect the most vulnerable and help prevent the Government from imposing further restrictions on communities.
In a bid to help turn the situation around, a Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit has been deployed in Codsall to help more people with symptoms get a test locally. Appointments can be booked at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119.
Dr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said:
“Cases in South Staffordshire are rising and unless people act now there is a risk the government will step in with additional restrictions.
“If Covid-19 cases continue to rise, there is a huge increased risk to people’s health and livelihoods. By working together, we have a great opportunity not to let the situation get out of control.”
Rita Heseltine, Assistant Cabinet Member Regulatory Services, South Staffordshire District Council, said:
“South Staffordshire is known for its fantastic community spirit and I have no doubt that people here will rise to this challenge and do everything they can to protect their family, friends and neighbours.
“By really pulling together and following the rules, we have the chance to turn this situation around and help protect the people we all care about.”
Anybody who tests positive will need to self-isolate for 10 days and give details to the Test and Trace Service of everyone they have been in close contact with.
People can find out more information and advice at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus