Warning for residents in Derbyshire areas where Covid-19 cases ‘remain stubbornly high’

Residents in Heanor and surrounding places are being urged to ‘do the right thing to protect your loved ones’ – as the number of people who test positive for Covid-19 continues to rise in the area.
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Cases are increasing in many parts of Derbyshire – but the Heanor area continues to see one of the highest rates in the county with 25 people testing positive between September 20 and 26, compared to 21 the previous week.

Dean Wallace, Derbyshire’s director of public health, urged people who live in Heanor, Heanor Gate, Marlpool, Mapperley, Langley Mill and Shipley to help stop the spread by following Government guidelines.

Heanor town centre.Heanor town centre.
Heanor town centre.

He said: “Cases in those areas remain stubbornly high.

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“If we don’t get this under control now this highly contagious virus will continue to spread.

“We’re continuing to monitor the situation and will take action if needed but no-one wants to see tighter restrictions like those imposed in the North East and North West of the country so it’s vital we all keep doing our bit to beat this.

“The message is simple: keep washing your hands, cover your face in enclosed areas, keep a safe distance from others and keep social gatherings to no more than six people – including children – both indoors and outdoors.

“If you develop any of the main symptoms – a new, continuous cough, high temperature or change or loss to your sense of smell or taste – act like you’ve got it and don’t wait for your test results to self-isolate.

“Book a test as soon as possible after developing symptoms.

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“But please only book a test if you have symptoms – you could be taking a test away from someone who really needs one.”

Mr Wallace added: “New rules mean you risk a fine of up to £10,000 if you do not stay at home and self isolate following a positive test result for Covid-19 or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to self-isolate.

“I’d urge everyone to do the right thing to protect your loved ones.

“This is not a dress rehearsal and it’s important to understand that this virus hasn’t gone away and is still spreading.”

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