Weekly update as at 5 May 2021

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Coronavirus updates

Coronavirus update

weekly figures 5 May 2021

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Central Bedfordshire (in the week ending 5 May) was 59, up 7 from the previous week (52). The number of weekly positive cases per 100,000 population has gone up to 20.4 from 18 last week.

Vaccination continues - 148,736 adults have been vaccinated with at least one dose, with 3,312 receiving one in the last 7 days. 47,882 people have now had their second dose. There was one death in our area in the last reporting week, the same as the previous week.

The latest data from our neighbouring areas are as follows:

  • Milton Keynes - 35 new cases (13 cases per 100,000). 4,872 vaccinated (last 7 days) and 1 death reported
  • Luton - 85 cases (39.9 per 100,000). 2,545 vaccinated, with 2 deaths recorded
  • Bedford - 69 new cases (39.8 per 100,000). 2,149 vaccinated and 1 death reported

Last week saw a small rise in cases here which is a reminder of the need to remain vigilant and to observe the guidance on handwashing, face coverings and social distancing, especially as restrictions are eased and we meet up with friends and family again.

Vaccination continues at pace and we are now able to report on the number of people receiving their second dose which shows that almost a fifth of our adult population has now been fully vaccinated.

Vaccines are vital in helping us return to a normal way of life. Not only do vaccines reduce the severity of illness and prevent hundreds of deaths every day, we now see they also have an additional impact on reducing the chance of passing COVID-19 on to others.

When you are offered a vaccine, take it as soon as possible.

But even if you have been vaccinated, it is really important that you continue to act like you have the virus, practise good hand hygiene and follow social distancing guidance.

Remember – Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air.

COVID-19 health advice

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Help if you have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have received a positive test result, or have been told you are a contact with someone who has, self-isolation is the only way to guarantee you won’t pass COVID-19 to others. Self-isolation is one of the most important things we can do to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our friends and family, our community and the NHS.

If you are told to isolate, you should do so straight away.

Support if you have to self-isolate

You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate. More details here or through the NHS COVID-19 app.

We can also connect you with services to help with shopping, medicines and mental health – more details here.

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