Covid-19: Don't be complacent
PEOPLE in Hanham and Longwell Green have been urged to play gheir part in helping to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Cases in the area remain low - two or fewer confirmed in the week to September 23 - but council and health officials say numbers fluctuate and people cannot afford to be complacent.
The total number of positive Covid-19 cases in South Gloucestershire had just topped 1,000 as the Voice went to print, with 41 in the week to September 28.
South Gloucestershire Council’s director of public health, Sara Blackmore, and leader, Councillor Toby Savage, are calling on everyone to be vigilant and help avoid a local lockdown.
Ms Blackmore said: “The past six months have been challenging for everyone and the next few months will be crucial in keeping the spread of the virus to a minimum in South Gloucestershire.
“As individuals, our actions can help reduce the spread of the virus to people who are otherwise young and healthy, as well as to those who are more vulnerable and who can be badly affected.
“The way to stop that from happening; to keep everyone safe, is to follow the guidance: Hands, Face, Space."
Councillor Savage said: “Currently, the infection rate here is relatively low compared to some parts of the country.
“Any case is a cause for concern, and we must not be complacent. Any case can affect a whole family - a child unable to go to school, a parent who can’t go to work, an elderly relative who needs extra care. It can also affect others in the community."
Parents have been urged to continue sending children to schools where no cases of the virus are confirmed or suspected. Schools have plans in place for continuing to provide learning for classes and year groups who are told to self-isolate.
The first in the district to send pupils home was Kings’ Forest in Kingswood, where 28 children had to isolate after a child in Year 1 tested positive.