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COVID-19 August 27th Update

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3 weeks ago
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Key messages

  • Make staying safe part of your bank holiday plans. With cases of Covid continuing to rise in our county make sure that you have all the essentials for a safe summer bank holiday. Get out in the fresh air or let fresh air indoors if meeting others; take regular rapid tests; and if you haven’t already – get vaccinated! Find out more about how you can protect yourself and others.
  • If you are 16 or 17 years old get your first Covid vaccination. If you have already been invited for your jab please follow the instructions to book an appointment or look out for opportunities to attend a local drop-in clinic. Vaccination centres continue to offer first and second dose vaccinations to everyone over 16 years old.
  • Long Covid – a message from young people to young people. In a new series of NHS videos, three previously fit and health young people have shared their stories of suffering debilitating long Covid symptoms in a bid to urge young people to get double jabbed.
  • By law, anyone working or entering a care home (other than family, friends and essential care givers) must have had both doses of the Covid vaccination by 11 November. To meet this deadline they must have booked and received their first dose by September 16 2021. This will allow for the second jab in time for when the regulations come into force. Read the Government guidance in full.
  • Get more from your PCR test. It is still a legal requirement for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate and book a PCR test.
  • Now, everyone aged 18 years and older can have a free antibody test. Antibody test help to improve our understanding of immunity against COVID-19 from vaccination and infection. You can opt in for antibody testing when https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. If your PCR test result is positive you may be selected for antibody testing. Read more.
  • Although no longer a legal requirement, face coverings, social distancing and regular handwashing remain effective ways to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid.

Cases

In week 34 (Monday 16th August – Sunday 22nd August) there were 2,308 confirmed cases of COVID19.

Of these  cases:

  • 492 were in Gloucester
  • 480 were in Cheltenham
  • 480 were in Stroud
  • 302 were in Tewkesbury
  • 283 were in Cotswold
  • 271 were in Forest of Dean

The rate of cases in the last 7 days per 100,000 is 364.0 in Gloucestershire, 484.5 in the South West, and 326.6 in England.

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