Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

Isle of Wight Observer News

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People urged to stay safe as new COVID wave hits the Island

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With an increase in cases of COVID-19 across the Island, people are again being urged to do all they can to protect themselves and others from the virus.

Local data shows the number of recorded cases has risen steeply from 40 on 22 May to 240 on 22 June — fuelled by a new Omicron variant.

It comes as the Island gears up to welcome thousands of visitors and holidaymakers for the busy summer season.

Residents and visitors alike are being asked to make sure they and their families are fully vaccinated against COVID, and to get the booster if eligible.

People should also remember the basics to keep the virus at bay:

  • wash or sanitise hands regularly;
  • try to meet outdoors, if possible;
  • keep indoor spaces well ventilated;
  • wear a mask if you can in busy indoor settings, and;
  • don’t mix with people if you’re feeling unwell.

Simon Bryant, the council’s director of public health, said: “Much as we’d all like to put the pandemic behind us and think that COVID has gone away, unfortunately it is very much still here and is once again spreading quickly through our communities.

“We’re not asking people to put their lives on hold again though and we want everyone to enjoy the summer holidays on our beautiful Island. All we ask is that people remember to take those basic precautions that we know work against COVID, and perhaps most importantly of all, make sure you’re up to date with the vaccinations.

“It’s not too late to get your first, second or initial booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination — these remain available to all who are eligible.

“If you’ve been invited for a booster, please get it.”

Councillor Karl Love, Cabinet member for public health, added: “It’s really important to take action to protect yourself, your family, friends and work colleagues. There is a perception that COVID doesn’t cause serious illness anymore but for some people that is not the case.

“The virus is still causing some people to become very ill. Please help to protect our Island community. If you are ill and suspect COVID, please stay home to prevent it spreading.

“We must not infect others, especially vulnerable people and those working in our essential services. Times are tough, but if you are poorly with a fever or respiratory symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, please stay at home and limit contact with others.

“If you need help with treating COVID, there are some useful tips on the NHS website.

“Please don’t be afraid to ask for help. The council’s COVID-19 helpline is still available on (01983) 823600 and islehelp.me is a really good resource for all sorts of help and advice.

“It’s more important than ever that we all take precautions to look after our community and are vaccinated.”