Trafford residents are being urged to be cautious after three cases of the Omicron Covid variant were identified in the borough.
Public health experts believe it is highly likely that the number of Omicron cases in the borough will increase rapidly in the coming weeks. Trafford’s overall Covid-19 rate is steadily increasing which is also causing concern.
Helen Gollins, Acting Director of Public Health at Trafford Council, is asking residents to take steps to protect themselves and reduce transmission. She said:
“We are worried about the increased risk that Covid-19 currently poses to our residents. Rates are rising and we know the Omicron variant is present in our borough.
“We ask everyone to do what they can to limit the spread of Covid-19 while we find out more about Omicron and its potential impact.
“It’s important that we continue to do what we can to protect the vulnerable residents in our communities.”
Please take steps to protect yourself from Covid-19:
- Vaccination is the best protection against Covid-19 so get your first, second and booster doses when eligible
- Consider how much you mix with others. The less you mix, the less chance you have of catching or spreading Covid-19. Don’t mix with others if you feel unwell
- If you do mix with others please take a lateral flow test first
- Frequently wash and sanitise your hands
- Wear face coverings in public spaces when not seated/eating/drinking
- Keep your distance from others where possible
People who are contacts of suspected or confirmed Omicron need to self-isolate for 10 days regardless of their vaccination status or age. We recommend people do not attend events if they have any Covid-19 cases in their own household (whether or not it is Omicron).
The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means:
- From Friday 10 December, face coverings are required by law in most indoor settings.
- From Monday 13 December, office workers who can work from home should do so.
- From Wednesday 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.
For more information on Covid-19 in Trafford and for support visit www.trafford.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Posted on Friday 10th December 2021