Following last week’s peak, new Covid cases in Herefordshire have gone down to a few each day and the Ross symptom tracker has remained steady with very few people reporting symptoms. However, medical professionals urge the community to stay cautious and flexible following the current government advice.
Ross-on-Wye was lucky to miss the first wave of cases, but as we open up we face a significant risk of transmission. It is important that we stand firm and don’t deviate from public health messages, even when others might seem to. The risk of transmission outdoors is low, and we have many opportunities around us to be outside safely. The main risk comes from longer exposure to the virus indoors. Schools are vulnerable to outbreaks, which can spread into the community far quicker than from care home outbreaks.
Test and trace is the best strategy to manage the pandemic. While we can now test everyone 5 years and older, we still do not have access to contact tracing – we are however hoping this scheme starts soon. Test results are not always forwarded to GPs, so it is important that people let practices know if they test positive. The scientific evidence now suggests people can be infectious for up to 14 days, suggesting a quarantine for 2 weeks after symptoms is wise.
Those having to isolate or shield will be able to access food and medication deliveries – anyone needing this help can ring the Ross Good Neighbours Scheme (RGNS) message line on 01763 802046 and someone will call you back. For further information on the RGNS please log onto the website at www.rosscdt.org.uk .
Ross Community Development Trust
Dr Simon Lennane, PCN Clinical Director