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Health blog: Covid-19 and our local picture

A message from Julie Webster, Wirral’s Director of Public Health.

Dear residents,

As we face the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic I wanted to write to you this week with a particular focus on Wirral’s numbers. The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 has risen significantly since the end of December. On Monday 4th January we recorded our highest number of COVID-19 cases to date with some 537 people testing positive in Wirral in a single day. This was 10 days after Christmas Day!

To put the situation into context, on 2 December just 20 people tested positive for Coronavirus in Wirral.

It’s worth noting that there is usually a delay between the day a person is infected and the day that person becomes ill –  so it’s likely that many of these people may have been infected before lockdown restrictions came into place.

While it is still too early to see what the effects of the lockdown will be, this week our rate of increase in cases (in other words, how fast our cases are rising) has slowed – very slightly.

I think it’s important for us all to take some comfort in the thought that the lockdown measures may be having an effect on the spread of the virus, but we must remember: this is a critical time for our borough and it’s vital that we all double down in our efforts to control the spread.

Our health services and the fantastic essential workers that keep this borough moving are giving us their all, we should be doing the same for them in return.

Here are the five simple things you must do to help stop the spread:

  • Stay home
  • Increase your handwashing
  • Wear a face covering if you do leave the house
  • Keep your distance from others
  • Got symptoms? Self-isolate and get a test via www.wirral.gov.uk/test

Every little bit counts and your support now is more vital than ever, we have to get this virus under control. Please, dig deep, refocus and start afresh.

We’ve been here before and, together, we can make a difference and help bring our numbers back down.

If you’re interested in keeping up to date with the latest local data, you can find reports and information via the Wirral Intelligence Service here.

Thanks for reading and please, look after each other.

Julie.