Stay cautious and bring our infection rate down

More than 192,000 people in Kirklees have now had at least their first Covid-19 vaccine dose and there were no deaths related to the virus in local hospitals in the last week – but our infection rate has increased and is amongst the highest in the country.

With a number of restrictions lifted this week, we’re urging everyone to remain cautious and remember the virus is still spreading.

With 75 per 100,000 people in Kirklees testing positive for COVID-19 over the last seven days, the borough’s rate has increased by six per cent since last week. Kirklees’ rate remains above the national average of 28 per 100,000 and needs to drop further and faster.

There were 330 new confirmed positive cases in the last week in Kirklees – more than last week when there were 308.

More than 192,000 local people have now had at least their first Covid-19 vaccine dose, with 61,000 having two doses. Anyone aged 45 and over in Kirklees can book their vaccination now.

There are currently 16 inpatients in local hospitals being treated for Covid-19 – down from 21 last week. There were no deaths related to Covid-19 in local hospitals in the last week – which has fallen from one the previous week.

Roadmap

On Monday (April 12, 2021) the whole of England moved to Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

These venues and businesses are now able to reopen:

  • All retail.
  • Personal care settings like hairdressers, beauty salons and nail bars.
  • Public buildings like libraries
  • Outdoor hospitality like beer gardens.
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
  • Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms.
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation like self-catering lets and camp sites for household stays only.

Care home residents are now allowed a second regular visitor indoors and weddings and receptions of up to 15 people are permitted.

Visit Kirklees Council’s website for more information on the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown

 

Playing your part

 Taking the vaccine when it’s your turn is the best way we can save lives, keep pressure off the NHS and get our lives back to normality. It is safe, quick and significantly protects you from Covid-19. Read more on the vaccination programme.

Everyone in England over the age of 18 without symptoms is now able to access free, twice-weekly, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. The aim is to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community. This is particularly important as restriction across the country start to ease. Read more on twice-weekly rapid flow testing and how to get yours.

Go to COVID-19 Test and Trace: Getting a test if you have symptoms if you require a test because you have symptoms.

The risk of infection is significantly lower outside as fresh air helps to disperse the virus particles. So, if you are meeting with people from other households in line with changes to restrictions, remember, it’s safer outdoors. And always remember: hands, face, space when you’re leaving home.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council said: “It’s really great to see restrictions lift this week and for more businesses and venues to be able to open again. We’ve been able to get to this point because of the fantastic efforts you are all going to, and the more than 192,000 Kirklees people who have now had at least their first vaccine dose.

“Our infection rate needs to drop further and fast because it’s still significantly above the national average and increased over the last week. Our infection rate is likely to be higher than many other areas because of the types of industries we have in Kirklees and the number of people leaving their home each day to work.

“With the easing of restrictions, it’s now much more likely for us to come into contact with people outside our household or bubble. We need to remember that the virus is still spreading in our communities and if we are not careful, we risk our numbers rising again.

“There’s a really important role we all have to play in making sure we keep our numbers down so we can get Kirklees through the national roadmap out of lockdown and back to normality.

“There’s a good reason why much of the restrictions being lifted focus around being outdoors. The risk of infection is significantly lower as the fresh air helps to disperse the virus particles. So, if you are meeting with people from other households in line with changes to restrictions, it’s so much safer outdoors. And always remember: hands, face, space when you’re leaving home.

“Taking the vaccine when it’s your turn is the best way we can save lives, keep pressure off the NHS and get our lives back to normality. It significantly protects you from Covid-19. The more people that take it, the bigger chance we have of beating Covid-19 for good.

“Another great way you can help reduce the spread of the virus in your community is by getting a rapid lateral flow test twice a week if you are not showing any symptoms. Asymptomatic testing helps us identify people who are infectious and could spread the infection to others unknowingly.

“Thank you to everyone in Kirklees for playing your part in getting us to where we currently are. There is still a long way to go, so please continue to stay cautious so together we can get Kirklees through the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown and get our lives back to some kind of normal.”

If you’re vulnerable and need support, please visit Kirklees Council’s website or call 0800 4561114.