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North Warwickshire Borough Council asks residents to be proactive and ‘stay negative’ ahead of a likely increase in COVID cases as schools go back

Published on Monday, 6th September 2021

North Warwickshire Borough Council is advising residents to remain proactive as the country prepares itself for the tricky autumn period.

COVID cases are likely to increase in the coming months and the Council is reminding residents of the proactive ways in which this can be kept to manageable levels.

There have been a couple of sharp spikes in cases since the removal of most of the remaining restrictions in July. However cases of serious illness and hospitalisation have been relatively low, thanks mostly to the vaccination programme which started early in North Warwickshire and has remained ahead of the national roll out ever since. Businesses and entertainment venues have, overall, seen a healthy return of customers and North Warwickshire Borough Council wants all this to continue during a period where cases are expected to rise again sharply.

Speaking as schools started the Autumn term, Leader of the Council David Wright said:

“I think we’ve all enjoyed the freedoms that have been restored since July and its been great to see North Warwickshire’s towns and villages busy again. We have to acknowledge that the return to school and cooler weather of the next few months will coincide with further rises in cases. If we remain proactive during this time then this will keep us healthy and reduce any disruption.

So we are asking residents to continue to test, ideally twice a week, stay at home if you test positive or have any of the COVID symptoms and most importantly come forward for the vaccination if you haven’t already including the crucial second dose. In particularly those who need a booster this autumn will start to hear about their appointments in the coming weeks.

We continue to work with community groups and partners to offer support where necessary”.

The Council is also asking all residents to get a seasonal flu jab as soon as possible to try to reduce pressure on the health service as it seeks to recover and tackle the backlog from the last year.

For all the help and advice available to residents and businesses visit www.northwarks.gov.uk/coronavirus