Published Friday, 04 September 2020
People in two areas close to the city centre are being reminded to follow social distancing and health advice after a rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.
Those living, working and studying in the St Michael’s and Lower Stoke wards of the city are being urged to take action now and avoid any risk of local restrictions.
The call follows a similar message in the CV6 area of the city.
Any rise in cases means some form of local action is possible, but if residents and businesses in the two areas act now and work together, that may not be needed.
The rise in cases has followed the easing of lockdown measures, but people are being reminded that COVID-19 is still with us and that they must continue to follow essential health advice such as social distancing and wearing masks.
They should also avoid large social gatherings.
To help keep figures low and protect the most vulnerable, the City Council is now advising the 17 care homes in the two wards to only allow visits to their residents to take place outside or through open windows to ensure adequate social distancing and reduce the risk to those living there.
Councillor Mal Mutton, Cabinet Member for Adult Services at Coventry City Council, said: “We have worked with care homes and believe that by amending our advice at this time, we can keep our vulnerable residents safe and help to avoid the threat of more severe measures.
“We want people to be able to visit their loved ones, but we have to act in the best interests of everyone concerned. Our care homes do a marvellous job and they have been true unsung heroes during recent months.
“In limiting visits to outside areas and obeying social distancing, we can do our bit to support that work and try and keep some of our most vulnerable people safe.”
Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health at Coventry City Council, added: "We constantly monitor and react to the data that we have regarding positive cases across the city.
“In Lower Stoke and St Michael’s we have seen a small but steady rise in cases over the last few weeks that are predominantly people of working age who do not need hospital treatment.
“Although these people should be self-isolating, the virus remains in the community, which is why we are issuing this advice to try and protect those living in care homes.”
Meetings with family and friends can continue, but those attending must be aware of the risks and need to follow prevention advice.
Business such as pubs, clubs, restaurants and bingo halls are also being reminded to ensure that visitors socially distance and that hand sanitisers are provided. They must also keep accurate records of their customers for test and trace purposes.
Remember, to help protect yourself, your family and others, and support the work of our health and care professionals, follow some simple steps:
1) Follow social distancing rules
2) Wash your hands regularly and use tissues when you cough or sneeze
3) Know what to do if you have symptoms
4) Follow the advice to self-isolate
5) Wear a face mask or covering when in a confined indoor space, when shopping and on public transport, unless you are exempt through health or work reasons
Anyone displaying symptoms of coronavirus – no matter how mild - should book a free test immediately by visiting the NHS website or by calling 119.