Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire has sent a message to the people of Wyre Forest as the number of Covid-19 cases in the district continues to rise.

Message from Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire to the people of Wyre Forest.

Monday 28 September 2020

“This week Wyre Forest is giving us some cause for concern. Cases of Covid-19 are rising, particularly in Kidderminster and particularly in those under the age of 50.

The current infection rate for the district stands at 49 per 100,000 people, the highest in the county so far.

I’m calling on all residents in the District, particularly everyone in Kidderminster and those under 50, to take this seriously.

We will all come through this but right now we need you to follow the rules and stop the virus in its tracks. The virus only moves if you do, and you can stop the situation getting any worse.

Let's work together to stop the District seeing more cases of Covid-19 and prevent tighter restrictions being needed.

Doctor Kathryn Cobain Director Of Public Health Worcestershire Cropped

You can help stop the number of people testing positive by:

  • Staying 2 metres apart and keeping to the rule of 6
  • Wearing a face covering when you are required to
  • Regularly washing your hands.

If you think you have a symptom, you need to self-isolate immediately.

This stops you spreading the virus.

Play your part, protect our district

Wyre Forest District Council is working closely with Public Health England to stop the spread of coronavirus, but we need you to play your part, protect our district and help us avoid a local lockdown. We are updating these webpages regularly with the latest national advice and guidance and key local information.

Coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test.

What to do if you develop symptoms

If you develop symptoms - you need to do two things

  1. You and anyone in your household must immediately self-isolate until you receive the results of your test.
  2. You need to order a test immediately. You can do this online at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you don’t have access to the internet.

NHS Test and Trace service will contact you with your results. If your test is positive you must continue to self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone in your household must continue to self-isolate for a total of 14 days. Government information on self-isolation.

If your test is negative you and everyone in your household no longer needs to self-isolate. However, if you do still feel unwell you should remain at home until you feel better.

If you test positive you will need to tell the NHS Test and Trace service who you have been in close and recent contact with around the time you noticed symptoms.

Doing this can stop the spread of infection and save lives. Rest assured that when the service contacts people to advise them to self-isolate, they do not tell them your identity. Together we can control the spread of the virus and protect people and livelihoods.

If you don’t have symptoms – do not get a test

You should only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested by a doctor or a public health professional or by your local council.

You do not need to get a test if you have returned from abroad or are about to travel, you are returning to the workplace, you have been in contact with a confirmed case or if another member of your household has symptoms. You need to self-isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed case but you should only get a test if you have symptoms.

More information on self-isolation.

Staying alert remains critical. Coronavirus hasn't gone away: