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Home > News > This is a local coronavirus alert for Hadleigh, Suffolk

This is a local coronavirus alert for Hadleigh, Suffolk

Posted by on 13 November 2020 | Comments

Please share this alert with your friends and family today.

If you live or work in Hadleigh, it is important that you read this.  

Coronavirus is establishing itself in Hadleigh and this must be stopped now. 

The latest testing information shows a large rise in positive coronavirus cases in Hadleigh. As of 13 November, there were the equivalent of 475 cases for every 100,000 people. For England, the figure is 252 per 100,000 people. In Hadleigh, there have been 53 new cases in the last seven days. 

Your councils and local health professionals are working together to control this local outbreak. 

We know that many of the cases are linked to care and nursing homes in Hadleigh, so we are working with them to protect residents, staff and their families. 

We know that a small number of cases have been identified at Hadleigh High School, and staff and students are following the necessary guidance to stop the virus spreading. 

However, data also shows that the disease is being shared more generally in the community and between households.  

This is a serious risk and you have a vital role to play to protect yourselves, friends, family and neighbours. You must act now to reduce the spread of the coronavirus if we are to avoid the possibility of further restrictions becoming necessary after the national restrictions. 

The Hadleigh community has pulled together before and has been good at following the guidance to keep infection rates down, but you must do the following to address this increase now. 

Stay at home as much as possible, avoiding unnecessary journeys and work from home if you can

You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific reasons. A specific reason includes: 

  • For education 
  • For work, if you cannot work from home 
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors 
  • For medical reasons 
  • To shop for food and essentials 
  • To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer 
  • To provide childcare 

You should minimise time spent outside your home and reduce the number of people you come into contact with. The virus does not move, people move it. The more people you interact with, the higher the chance of spreading coronavirus between households. By staying at home as much as possible we can reduce the number of people we pass the virus to. 

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and for 20 seconds. 
  • Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. 
  • Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings). 

Please do not assume that you are safe if you, or people in your household, are not exhibiting any clear symptoms.

People who catch coronavirus may have either very mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all. This means you could have the virus without knowing it and pass it on to someone who could become seriously ill or even die. 

If you, or any member of your household exhibits any symptoms or you become aware of someone who has visited your household recently who has tested positive or is exhibiting symptoms, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days and call the NHS to arrange for a test immediately. 

When self-isolating:   

  1. Do not leave your home 
  2. Do not allow others into your home 
  3. Do not go to work 
  4. Do not send children to school 
  5. Do not spread the virus. 

Financial support is available to help you during a period of self-isolation. This can include a payment of £500 to support you and other financial support. Find more information about Self Isolations Support Payments on our website
 
Whether or not you meet the criteria set by Government, there is help available for those facing financial difficulty or needing support. The Suffolk Support and Advice Service helps people across the county access information or support relating to debt, benefits, housing or employment. You can contact the service on 0800 068 3131 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or visit Suffolk Support and Advice Service
 
If we keep following the guidance, we will beat COVID-19. Stick With It Suffolk. 

We must act now.