Warning as Covid cases rise

October 27 2020

PEOPLE in Kingswood are being urged to continue to follow Covid-19 government guidance in the hope of avoiding further restrictions.

Positive test results are rising in South Gloucestershire, as in many parts of the country, and as the Voice went to print the total had reached 1,854, including 294 new cases in the week to October 23.

Council leader Toby Savage and director of public health Sara Blackmore have again asked residents to keep to the rules.

Councillor Savage said: “To avoid stricter measures and to protect ourselves, our loved ones and keep South Gloucestershire safe, we must all continue to follow government guidance, in particular on social distancing.

“I’m so proud and heartened by how South Gloucestershire’s communities have supported each other so far and my sincere thanks go to everyone for all of their efforts, patience, and compassion.”

Dr Blackmore put out a fresh message at the start of the school half-term holiday.

She said: “We recognise there is a sense of fatigue at the continuing messages about social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands, but we repeat them because they help. They help our efforts to control the virus in South Gloucestershire, but they are also vital to help each individual resident of South Gloucestershire. That’s you, your family, friends, loved ones, neighbours, your children’s schoolmates and your work colleagues. 

“Coronavirus spreads through close contact and not everyone who is carrying it and who has the potential to spread it is aware of it or showing symptoms.

“If the Hands Face Space guidance isn’t followed, then when your children go back to school or you go back to the workplace after half term, or the family goes to visit the grandparents, you could be effectively taking everyone you’ve been in contact with on that trip.”

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, for the week to October 19, show cases on the rise in a number of local areas:

• Staple Hill South and Kingswood NW 15 (up 10)
• Cadbury Heath North and Bridgeyate 12 (up 8)
• Longwell Green and Oldland Common 16 (up 5)
• Hanham 9 (up 7)
• Mangotsfield 7 (up 1)
• Kingswood North East 8 (no change)
• Kingswood South 7 (down 8)
• Two Mile Hill 13 (down 3)
•Downend South 5 (down 2)

A coronavirus  testing centre has been set up at UWE's Frenchay campus.

The drive-through facility, which opened on October 1, is in the car park by the university's business school. It is a stone's throw from UWE's exhibition centre, which was transformed into a Nightingale hospital to treat Covid-19 patients earlier this year but has so far not been used. The unit, which is open six days a week, is the first community testing facility to open in South Gloucestershire and will serve both residents and students, who will have a self-contained "walk-through service".

It is being managed by finance and professional services company Deloitte on behalf of the Department for Health and Social Care.

* Call the British Red Cross' free and confidential coronavirus support line on 0808 196 3651 to speak to a friendly volunteer for a chat if you are lonely, worried or need practical support, 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm, or email supportline@redcross.org.uk