As we adjust to living with COVID-19, it is important to remember that it can still pose a risk - particularly to the vulnerable. To help limit any further spread of the virus and ensure people keep well, it remains the right choice to follow the safe behaviour advice.
Safe behaviour advice
Getting vaccinated and boosted offers the best protection against COVID-19 - it reduces the risk of getting seriously ill and of spreading it to others
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds or more
Let in fresh air when indoors – opening windows for just a few minutes can make all the difference without becoming cold
Cover coughs and sneezes – remember "Catch it, Bin it, Kill it", or sneeze and cough into elbows if you don’t have a tissue
Consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet
While the plan is to manage COVID-19 like any other respiratory illness, the situation will be regularly monitored and appropriate steps will be taken should things change, to limit any future impact the virus may have on our county.
The Public Health guidance for people with a respiratory infection, high temperature and who feel unwell, is to stay at home, avoid contact with others and follow guidance on how to reduce the spread of infection until you no longer have a high temperature and feel well enough to resume normal activities. This will help to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others and protect people who may be more vulnerable to infection.
Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests are now available to purchase from participating pharmacies and other retail outlets. If your test result is positive, it is recommended that you stay at home, avoid contact with others and follow guidance on how to reduce the spread of infection for five full days, while you are most infectious.
Beware of scams
The Test and Trace Service is no longer operating, so any call or text claiming to be from Test and Trace will be a scam. You will never ask you to dial a premium-rate number, make a payment, provide your bank details, or provide personal information such as your social media identities or login details.