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Update from Public Health England -

COVID update - 7th May 2021

 

There has been an increase in positive COVID cases reported in Bedford Borough in the last week. The Council has been notified of 6 cases of a variant known as VOC-21APR-02 (first identified in India)

 

Vicky Head, Director of Public Heath for Bedford Borough said;

 

 “Public Health England notified us that it had identified cases of the variant known as VOC-21APR-02 in Bedford Borough. PHE has already been in touch with the people concerned to ensure they are self-isolating and to complete contact tracing. Since then we have been working closely with the education settings and PHE to ensure that all close contacts of those affected are identified and advised to self-isolate for 10 days. Targeted testing is also taking place as a precautionary measure

 

There is currently insufficient evidence to indicate that this variant causes more severe illness or renders the vaccines less effective. We will continue to work with our education settings to ensure they remain as safe as possible for our children and young people.” “It is important to remember that the virus has not gone away and I would urge everyone to continue to be cautious. The best way to help stop the spread of the virus is to continue to follow the guidance – Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air.

If you do meet other people, please make sure you follow the rules, and stay outdoors whatever the weather. Everyone in the Borough is encouraged to take up the offer of twice weekly testing so that we can stop the spread of the virus.” The guidance for close contacts has been updated and close contacts of a positive case can now book a PCR test even if they are not displaying symptoms. 

 

We have been asked to share this information with all of our families in case of the following instances:

a household member has a positive result or a child has been identified as a close contact of a positive case

Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

* If a PCR test is positive you should self-isolate for 10 days following the test

* If a PCR test is negative you have had contact with a positive case you must continue fto isolate for the full 10 days as you could still become infectious