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Welshpool Covid-alert ‘stood down’

Created on 17/09/2020 @ 10:07
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Residents in the Welshpool area have been praised after an operation to stop an outbreak of Covid-19 in the town from spreading was ‘stood down’ today.

Health officials took the unprecedented step two weeks ago of moving an emergency mobile testing unit into Powys for the first time following a rise in cases connected to workers at CDT Sidoli Ltd on the edge of town.

The weekend operation resulted in a worrying 28 positive results from nearly 500 tests carried out.

But this morning it has been confirmed that Welshpool has come through the worse of it with Stuart Bourne, Director of Public Health for Powys Teaching Health Board, confirming: “Based on our enhanced testing programme we did not see any evidence of widespread community transmission in the Welshpool area.”

It means that Powys Teaching Health Board and Powys County Council said they have “stood down the enhanced response to Covid-19 in the Welshpool area”.

Cllr James Evans, Powys County Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Housing and Regulatory Service, said: “We would like to thank the people living or working in the Welshpool area who participated in the programme. We would also like to thank everyone involved in the putting in place the enhanced testing programme to help us Keep Powys Safe.

“Actions from Powys residents and those visiting are vital in ensuring we do not see a rise in coronavirus cases.

“Members of the community have personal responsibility in controlling the spread of the virus. The situation can change very quickly. A rise in cases of the coronavirus could see local measures being put into place.

“By observing the latest Welsh Government rules, we can keep Powys safe.”

Latest guidance:

Residents and visitors to Powys are being urged to take responsibility and remember to:

·      Wash your hands regularly.

·      Keep a social distance from others.

·      No more than six people from an extended household to meet indoors at one time.

·      Wear a facemask in shops, in indoor public spaces and on public transport unless there is a reasonable excuse not to do so

·      Work from home, if possible.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

·      A high temperature: this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

·      A new, continuous cough: this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

·      A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste: this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with Coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. If you have any symptoms, ensure that you and your immediate household self-isolate immediately and visit or call 119 to book a test.

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