COVID update from Cheshire West & Chester Council

Key messages to share with communities

As you’ll be aware, Monday 19 July marked the move to step four of the national roadmap out of lockdown and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

In Cheshire West and Chester, our infection rates are still very high and continuing to increase.

Although many of the existing measures in place to control the spread of COVID-19 are no longer a legal requirement for us to follow, the borough’s COVID-19 Outbreak Board is asking everyone living, working in and visiting Cheshire West and Chester to go above and beyond the minimum guidance required.

People are advised to do the following.

Get fully vaccinated – it's shown to be safe and effective against the virus, including new variants, and is the best way to keep yourself from getting seriously ill. It also reduces the risk of passing the virus on to someone else.

Be kind and considerate of others who may be feeling extremely nervous about the further lifting of restrictions.

Continue wearing face coverings in crowded indoor areas where social distancing can’t be followed and it might make others feel uncomfortable, such as supermarkets, public transport and health and social care settings like hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries.

Continue social distancing by not unnecessarily being in crowded areas and continuing to work from home if possible.

Try to meet others outside where possible.

Continue to practice good hand hygiene, particularly hand washing.

Keep getting tested – everyone should take part in twice weekly rapid symptom free testing using lateral flow tests (LFT). If people experience generally associated symptoms, such as a headache, a stuffed or runny nose, tiredness or weakness, aches and pains, sore throat or diarrhoea, they should take an LFT and follow up with a PCR test if the LFT test is positive. If people have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, they must stay at home and book a PCR test.

Self-isolate if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, especially if you work in a high-risk setting.

We’re appealing for our partners to help us share these messages, including community champions. To help you with this, we’ve updated the page of resources on our website, which includes graphics and posters you can share with your networks.

Visit the resources page

Content currently includes resources promoting self-isolation, testing, vaccination and hands, face, space guidance, with more to be added in the coming days and weeks in line with any developments.

We also welcome your feedback so let us know if there are any extra resources you feel may help you encourage your contacts to keep up these simple actions and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our borough.

You can see the full statement from the Cheshire West and Chester COVID-19 Outbreak Board, which outlines the borough’s position in full, on our website.

Read the Outbreak Board position statement

Other key messages

Find out about the COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinics across Cheshire West and Chester from Monday 26 July

The Council has launched its 2020 Public Health Annual Report

If you don’t already, follow the Council’s social media platforms as there’s plenty of useful information you can share.

Council Twitter account

Council Facebook page

Council LinkedIn page

Council Instagram account

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July 21, 2021