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High Peak residents urged to stay alert

Published: 6 August 2020

Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health is calling on residents in the High Peak to stay alert after a slight increase in cases of COVID-19.

New restrictions have been introduced in a number of areas in the north of England and Greater Manchester – some of which border northern Derbyshire.

Although the extra ‘lockdown’ measures around Greater Manchester do not apply in the High Peak, there has been a small rise in confirmed cases of coronavirus in Buxton and Glossop.

Find more information about the latest COVID-19 cases in Derbyshire.

Dean Wallace, who is leading Derbyshire’s response to the epidemic, said:

“We would expect a small rise given the close proximity to the areas affected by the extra restrictions but I’d like to reassure residents that we’re closely monitoring the situation and will take action if needed in the future.

“Coronavirus is still in general circulation so it’s vital that everyone continues to do what they have been doing for the past few months - stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing and wash their hands regularly to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“As the rules are generally relaxed we must not stop taking these basic precautions. We should all be wearing a face covering in shops and other enclosed areas, on public transport or when you visit the hospital or GP.

“People are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come in to contact with people you do not normally meet.

“I know how difficult it can be to keep track of teenagers and young people, but I’d also urge parents and carers to make sure they are following the rules too as they can pass the virus on to elderly or vulnerable relatives.”

There are important things people need to continue doing to avoid contracting the virus and passing it on. They are:

  • keeping their distance from people not in their household or support bubble
  • washing their hands regularly
  • wearing a face covering in shops, on public transport or when visiting the hospital or GP and from 8 August it will also be compulsory to wear one in other indoor venues, such as cinemas and places of worship
  • two different households can meet indoors but they still need to keep their distance and keep windows and doors open where possible for ventilation
  • outside they can get together with up to 30 people from 2 households or a maximum of 6 people from different households
  • if they have symptoms, get a test

Mr Wallace added:

“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 an epidemic.

“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.”

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.

Ring NHS 119 for an appointment at the nearest drive-through or walk-through centre, to request a home testing kit or book a free NHS coronavirus test

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.

Read the latest coronavirus information from the  Government, or visit our coronavirus information pages.