COVID-19 update... 27 January 2022

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In today's update:


Cumbrian COVID cases fall for second week running

COVID report

Cases of COVID-19 in Cumbria fell for the second week in a row as 4281 new cases were recorded in the county - a decrease of 959 or 18% (compared to 5,240 new cases the week previous).

Carlisle had the greatest number of new cases (+1,233 new cases) and the highest rate of new cases (1,136 new cases per 100k population).

Rates in all districts except Carlisle were below the national and regional average rates (England 993 and North West 877 cases per 100k population).

The 5-11 age group had the greatest number of new cases in Cumbria (933 new cases) and the highest rate of new cases in Cumbria (2513 new cases per 100k population).

In the week ending Tuesday 25 January, the number of new patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 Positive status in Cumbria decreased by 11 compared to the previous week. While the average number of patients with COVID-19 in hospital beds in the county decreased by 46 compared to the previous week. 

The full COVID-19 situation report can be found at cumbria.gov.uk/stopthespread.


colin cox

Colin Cox, Cumbria's Director of Public Health:

“Thankfully the number of covid cases in our county is continuing to fall, but to put this in context, we’ve still recorded one of our highest weekly case numbers of the pandemic.

“It’s not all doom and gloom though. Case rates are coming down and the number of people being admitted to hospital with COVID is also coming down.

“Let’s keep it going though. The government announced last week that you will not be required to wear a face covering from today (27 January 2022), including in communal areas of schools. However, this doesn’t mean we should all stop taking precautions.

“I’d still strongly recommend wearing a face covering whenever you’re meeting other people - especially in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.”


Reminder: Plan A rules

Plan A rules are as follows:

  • People no longer need to work from home and should talk to their employers to agree arrangements to return to the office.
  • Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in secondary school and college classrooms.
  • Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in communal areas of secondary schools, nor for staff in communal areas of primaries. Directors of Public Health will only be able to recommend pupils and staff wear masks in communal areas in places where there are outbreaks or where the local public health situation justifies it, and with sign-off from the Education Secretary.
  • There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
  • Venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors’ NHS COVID Pass. The NHS COVID Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis.

For the latest information on COVID-19 guidance and how to stay safe, visit gov.uk/coronavirus.


What are the latest rules on testing and isolation?

Self-isolation rules in England are as follows:

  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild.
  • You should self-isolate at home while you get a PCR test and wait for the results.
  • You must self-isolate from the day your symptoms started, or from the day you receive a positive test result if you do not have any symptoms.
  • You can end your self-isolation on the sixth day of self-isolation following 5 full days isolating and 2 negative rapid lateral flow test tests taken on consecutive days.
  • The first rapid lateral flow test should not be taken before the fifth day. The self-isolation period remains 10 full days for those without negative results from 2 rapid lateral flow tests taken a day apart. This is the law, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated.

Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website.


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Vaccination: get boosted

get your booster

Vaccination is the best protection against becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

You can get your booster dose 3 months after your second vaccine dose. Book your booster vaccination appointment or find a walk-in vaccination site.

People aged 18 or over can pre-book a booster dose appointment 2 months after their second vaccine dose.

If you have not yet been vaccinated you can still book.


Walk-in sessions available for COVID Boosters and Vaccinations

A number of vaccination ‘Walk-in’ sites are also available in north Cumbria providing more opportunities for people to get their jabs.


Walk-in sites in north Cumbria include

People are still asked to book appointments in advance for sites, wherever possible, to help vaccination teams to manage their vaccine supplies.

Further information on these sites with links to dates, times and the vaccinations available at: https://northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk/walkins 


Lateral Flow Testing before meeting others

testing

Doing a Lateral Flow Test before you meet with people makes sense.

Lateral Flow tests are quick and easy to do. Checking if you have COVID-19 before you meet friends and loved ones is an easy decision to make.

You can order them online for free. Alternatively, you can pick up test kits at your local pharmacy.

Fully vaccinated contacts of someone with COVID-19 should take rapid lateral flow tests every day for 7 days. If you test positive or develop symptoms, you need to self-isolate for 10 days. People who receive negative LFD results on day 5 and day 6 of their self-isolation period – with tests taken 24 hours apart – do not have to self-isolate for the full 10 days. Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, book a PCR test and self-isolate.

To find out more about testing in Cumbria, visit the Cumbria County Council website.