24 Sep 2020

Statement on Covid-19 alert level

The Isle of Wight Council has issued a statement in response to concerns that the Island might be heading for a local lockdown.

Isle of Wight Council leader Dave Stewart said: “We understand that there are some concerns that the Island might be heading for a local lockdown as a result of the change in alert level on the NHS Covid-19 app, but this is not the case.

“The Island still has a relatively low rate of infection compared with other areas of the country and we continue to monitor this on a daily basis.

“The change could simply be down to the national alert level rising from three to four. The five new confirmed cases reported yesterday (Wednesday) may also have driven the change.  

“We are told by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) that most local authorities in England are now classified as medium risk because either they or their neighbouring local authority has high or rising levels of infections.

“We will continue to work with the DHSC today to try to secure more information on the reasons for the change here.

“In the meantime, we should all continue to be vigilant of coronavirus symptoms which include a new continuous cough, high temperature, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.

“It also important that we follow the government guidelines: hands, face, space.

• Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser regularly.

• Wear a face-covering where appropriate.

• Keep space from other people; 2 metres or at least 1 metre apart.

“If you or someone you know, displays any symptoms, no matter how mild, please get a free test by calling 119 or visiting NHS.uk

“The council has also produced a self-isolation toolkit to help people prepare to self-isolate if they need to.”



 

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The Island still has a relatively low rate of infection compared with other areas of the country
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  • The change could simply be down to the national alert level rising from three to four.
  • Residents should continue to be vigilant of coronavirus symptoms.
 
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