Coronavirus Update 6th January 2022

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Current Statistics

Infection rates in Bristol are extremely high and continue to rise rapidly with the current rate of infection at 1,587 cases per 100,000.  The national average in England is 1,676.  There have been 7,392 new cases in the last seven days and there are 130 people currently in our hospitals unwell with COVID-19.

In Bristol, of all people over 16 years of age, vaccination levels are:

344,473 (79 per cent) people have had one dose

324,294 (74 per cent) people have had two doses

222,889 (51 per cent) people have had three doses – this number includes booster jabs and third doses for people who are severely immunocompromised.

Please continue to take precautionary measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect yourself and our communities, including:

taking regular rapid (lateral flow) tests particularly before attending gatherings in enclosed or crowded spaces or before visiting elderly or vulnerable people

booking your COVID-19 vaccination, be it the first, second, third or booster dose

wearing a face covering in public settings (unless exempt)

working from home if you can.

Face coverings and working from home

New measures have recently been introduced in England to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

From Friday 10 December:

face coverings are mandatory inside most public venues as well as on public transport and in shops

there are exceptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising.

You can find the full list of when to wear a face covering on the GOV.UK website.

From Monday 13 December:

anyone who can work from home, should now do so

people who cannot carry out their work from home can continue to go to work, but should follow the precautionary measures and behaviours at all times.

For further information on the latest guidance please visit GOV.UK.

Where to get Tested

Regularly taking rapid (lateral flow) tests is strongly recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Taking regular rapid tests helps to identify people who do not have symptoms of the virus but may still be infectious. 

Rapid home testing kits can be collected from pharmacies, libraries, the Bristol Rapid Testing Centre on Wellington Road, and from our local mobile testing vans.

Find more information on where to collect test kits on the Bristol City Council website.

Test kits can also be ordered online and delivered to your home. 

Order test kits through the gov.uk website.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive rapid test result, please follow government guidance to self-isolate and book a PCR test.

book a PCR test at a local testing site through the National Booking System.

If you are unable to book an appointment, please self-isolate until more PCR test appointments become available.

Vaccinations

Now is a really great time to get vaccinated for COVID-19, as we welcome in 2022 and start looking forward to the year ahead.

There are currently vaccine slots available right across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, meaning there is a place near you.

Maybe you’ve not had chance during the busy festive period, or you’ve just been weighing it up for a while.  But with the festive season behind us, and new year’s resolutions in mind, perhaps now is the right time.

The good news is that it’s never too late, whether it’s a first, second or booster vaccine that’s needed.  And appointments are available in a wide range of settings including GP practices, community pharmacies and dedicated vaccination clinics.

To find out about bookable and walk-in clinics, (excluding those direct with GPs), go to www.grabajab.net for full details.

Schools

As you may be aware, there has been an update to guidance on face coverings in educational settings.  From today (4 January) in England, it is recommended that all secondary school pupils wear a face covering in classrooms.  This is a temporary measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

The latest government guidance for parents and carers is available on the government website.

Please continue to keep our schools, colleges and early years’ settings safe by following the precautionary measures:

  1. education and childcare staff, families, secondary pupils and college students to continue to take regular rapid (lateral flow) tests to help to identify infections early and reduce transmission,
  2. if you are unwell, please reduce the spread of infection by recovering at home.

Given the risk to Disabled people of not following the Covid-19 guidelines, we would like to thank you for everything that you continue to do to protect our city.

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