An update on Covid-19 cases in Spelthorne
Spelthorne added to government COVID-19 watch list
Due to a continued rise in coronavirus cases, Spelthorne Borough has now been placed on the government's COVID-19 watch list and is officially an 'area of concern'. Data shows a sustained rise in coronavirus case numbers in Spelthorne that is out of step with the rest of Surrey, in particular, Staines-upon-Thames, Ashford, Stanwell, Shepperton, Sunbury-on-Thames, Halliford and all of the surrounding areas.
Being an 'area of concern' does not mean there will be a local lockdown or closures at this stage, but it does mean that residents must be extra vigilant and follow government guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus.
• Follow the rule of 6 - as of Monday 14 September it is illegal to meet up in groups of more than 6 indoors and outdoors
• Hands - wash them frequently for more than 20 seconds - this is the best way of stopping the spread of the virus
• Face - wear face coverings on public transport and in shops unless you are exempt
• Space - stay 2m away from anyone who is not in your household or your bubble
Ruth Hutchinson, Surrey's Director of Public Health said:
"We are continually monitoring the data across the county, and we need to urgently call on residents across Spelthorne Borough to support us by reining in the spread of coronavirus. Spelthorne now has the highest rates of coronavirus in the South East. I know that people have made a huge effort over the last few months to control its spread, but it's essential that we don't get complacent now. Everyone needs to redouble their efforts before the situation gets worse. Spelthorne is now officially an 'area of concern' and the government is monitoring the situation closely. This means we are on the brink of more serious interventions. We have to all work together and do everything we can to avoid any further restrictions in the area."
Cllr John Boughtflower, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said:
"We are working closely with our partners at Surrey County Council and Public Heath England to help prevent further spread of the virus and reduce the overall number of cases in the Borough. I am calling on residents to follow government advice - please remember - hands, face, space - keep washing your hands, wear face coverings when required, keep your distance from people outside your household, and don't get together in groups of more than 6. We must all play our part to protect our community."
Kwasi Kwarteng, MP for Spelthorne, said:
"This is obviously a concern for residents and businesses in the Borough, however I know that that Spelthorne Council are doing everything in their powers to control the spread of the virus, along with our numerous partner agencies and organisations, and are working hard to avoid a local lockdown situation. It is vitally important that we all stay disciplined and think about how our own actions, both in terms of keeping ourselves safe and helping to protect others, can contribute to controlling the virus within our Borough."
If you have Coronavirus symptoms - a persistent cough, high fever, or a change in smell or taste - then you should book a test by calling 119 or by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. Slots are made available the evening before for morning appointments, and in the morning for afternoon appointments.
Preventative measures are the best way to avoid local lockdowns.
Notes to Editors:
Latest Council updates https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/coronavirus
Weekly data for Surrey, including Districts and Boroughs can be found at: surreycc.gov.uk/covidcases
Surrey's Local Outbreak Control Plan: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/
Arrange testing through the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/nhs-test-and-trace-if-youve-been-in-contact-with-a-person-who-has-coronavirus/
Apply for a coronavirus test on GOV.UK if you are an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff, are asking for tests for the residents and staff of your care home or have a verification code from your employer https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus