Weekly report of the Health Protection Board.
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265.4 (up) - Weekly rate per 100,000 people (31 May to 6 June 2021)
11.1% (up) – PCR tests which are positive (2 June to 9 June 2021)
1 (no change) - Number of deaths involving COVID-19 (22 May to 28 May 2021)
The new Delta variant of concern has overtaken the Kent variant as the dominant virus now circulating in the UK.
Greater Manchester is now designated as an area of concern nationally.
Numbers of new coronavirus cases are rising steeply in Salford – Salford is now one of the top ten areas in the country for coronavirus rates and most Greater Manchester boroughs are also seeing increasing case rates.
We all have a part to play in reducing transmission by following sensible precautions and taking up the testing and vaccination. It is very important that we show extra caution whilst following the current restrictions to stay safe and protect others and we ask you to socialise outdoors wherever possible whether at home or in restaurants and bars.
If you are unwell, please stay at home and get tested with a PCR test that is sent to the lab so it can be analysed. If you go out and about, we urge you to follow the hands, space, face precautions. Even if you have been vaccinated, you may still pass on the virus while you have no symptoms yourself.
We are arranging additional targeted testing where we have outbreaks of the virus or where there are very high rates of transmission. Please do take up the offer of testing if you are asked to do so. It will help keep the virus visible in Salford.
We have vaccinated more than 136,000 people in Salford already but we need anyone who is eligible and unvaccinated to come forward. This is a two dose vaccine, therefore, it’s also important that you have both doses to get the full protection. The vaccines are safe and effective and already millions of people have been protected so you should not delay if you are invited. Many of you will have had your second dose brought forward, so don’t delay. COVID-19 can be fatal and there are the severe effects of the illness including long COVID.
Everyone aged 25 years and over, younger people who are at high risk, or they are caring for someone at high risk are all eligible for the vaccine. You should already have received your invitation for both doses for full protection – if not, you can book on the national portal or contact your nearest local vaccination centre.
We are arranging extra clinics locally to make it easier for people to book their vaccine, including alternative vaccines for people under 40 as supplies arrive and there are regular walk-ins for over 40s who will receive AstraZeneca – please follow our social media.
If you are anxious about a loved one, then please do book them for the free COVID risk health check. If we find they are at moderate or significant risk, we can check if they are eligible for the vaccine and refer them directly, and we can help them access support and advice to bring down their COVID risk.
We can work together to stop spread and reduce disruption to businesses, customers and the public when we are notified early enough. The rapid testing is helping keep our businesses and services open and we encourage everyone to get twice weekly tests. You can order home test kits online or you can collect kits locally at any pharmacy.
Salford’s Health Protection Board is closely monitoring the spread of the virus which appears to be affecting younger and working ages. The increasing case rates will undoubtedly impact on the NHS and education in the coming few weeks.
We want to ensure that as many communities as possible who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 have the opportunity to receive both doses of the coronavirus vaccine. If you have suggestions of groups and communities who would welcome a conversation about a pop up vaccination clinic or the rapid testing, then please do get in touch through Salford CVS or the Spirit of Salford Helpline on 0800 952 1000.The Spirit of Salford helpline have continued to support people who need advice or help to self-isolate. You can also contact us online and someone will call you back the next working day.
If you think you may have the virus, you must stay at home and get tested. That way, you are not contributing to the virus spreading.
Every small change we make can have a huge impact.
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