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Heanor residents urged to stay alert following coronavirus spike

Published: 17 September 2020

Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health is calling on residents in Heanor and the surrounding area to stay alert after a sharp increase in cases of coronavirus.

The number of cases is rising throughout many parts of Derbyshire but the area in and around Heanor had the highest number of cases across the county between 5 and 11 September rising to 25 from one the previous week.

Dean Wallace, who is leading Derbyshire’s response to the epidemic, urged local people to help stop the spread by following government advice and restrictions to avoid even tighter restrictions being imposed similar to the extra ‘lockdown’ measures seen in recently in areas such as Greater Manchester.

He said:

“This is not a dress rehearsal. It’s vital that everyone plays their part in helping to beat this virus which is still spreading.

“The message is simple. Keep washing your hands, cover your face in enclosed areas, keep a safe distance from others and keep social gatherings to no more than 6 people - including children - both indoors and outdoors.

“While I know it is frustrating, it’s important to understand that this virus has not gone away and that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic.

“We’re closely monitoring the situation and will take action if needed in the future. But if we all stay alert and take sensible precautions we can prevent the spread of this very contagious virus and all get back to what we love to do more quickly.”

Mr Wallace also had an important message for anyone with the 3 main symptoms – a high temperature, new persistent cough or change to taste or smell.

He said:

“If you have coronavirus symptoms, act like you’ve got it. Don’t wait for your test results to self-isolate. Book a test immediately and begin self-isolating straight away to help prevent passing it on to loved ones.

“But please don’t book a test unless you have symptoms - you could be taking a test away from someone who really needs one.”

Parents and carers are also being urged to make sure teenagers and young people are following the rules as they can pass the virus on to elderly or vulnerable relatives.

Anyone with symptoms can book an appointment for a free test or request a free home testing kit online or by calling NHS 119.

If people start to feel unwell they should remain at home for at least 10 days but should arrange to have a test within 5 days of developing symptoms.

People who test positive will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace team by email, text or phone.

They will be asked where they have been and who they’ve been in contact with. Tracers will then be in touch with close contacts to ask them to self-isolate for 14 days.

If people are contacted by the Test and Trace programme, it is important that they give all the correct information to keep their friends and family safe.

Find the latest figures in Derbyshire and find more information on coronavirus.