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Young people reminded coronavirus symptoms may be mild but you’re still infectious to friends & loved ones.

Following news of an increase in confirmed cases of young people with coronavirus in south Liverpool, Sefton Council’s Interim Director of Public Health has joined Liverpool health bosses in reminding people in that age group that they are susceptible to infection by COVID-19.

Over the past fortnight, around half of the 30 cases confirmed in the south Liverpool area have been people aged 15-24. This has led health official in the city to issue a reminder that the illness can infect anyone, regardless of age.

This weekend, Matt Ashton, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, said: “Everyone is at risk of COVID-19, but we know that there is a perception among younger people that they are less at risk.

“The easing of the lockdown means this is a really dangerous moment for case numbers, and we need people not to let their guard down and throw away all of the sacrifices we have made since March.

“We owe it to each other to take precautions and look after each other, regardless of their age.

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Interim Director of Public Health said: “Although young people often have no or very mild symptoms, they can unknowingly pass the virus onto their loved ones and friends who might end up with a much nastier bout of the virus and become seriously ill.

“The restriction we have all been facing may have been particularly hard for many young people, and that meeting up with family and friends is really important for everyone’s wellbeing.

“However, it remains vital that we remember and follow the guidelines to keep our loved ones safe and to drive down the virus.”

Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, added: “I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay at home if you develop symptoms and get tested, particularly with lockdown measures easing and pubs and bars now reopening.

“It is so important that social distancing is part of your everyday life – you don’t know who has it and who could be spreading it, but if you’re within 2 metres of them for more than 15 minutes and they test positive, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days.”

As well as the need to follow guidance on hand-washing, maintaining two-metre distancing and using face coverings on public transport and in supermarkets, young people are also being reminded of the importance of responding if contacted through the NHS Test and Trace service.

Margaret Jones added: “It is really important that as well as following the NHS guidance about distancing and hand-washing, people of all ages participate fully in the NHS Test and Trace process to prevent the ongoing spread of this deadly virus.”

“Test and Trace staff don’t care what people have been doing when they contact them. They are there to help the individuals they call, make sure they have the right information and support they need to isolate.”

If people are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service it means they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus they should visit https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk and register. They will be asked to provide some information, confidentially, about your health and will be given advice to keep yourself and others safe.

Find out more about the NHS Test and Trace service. 

Crosby Library confirmed as Sefton’s fifth venue for drive-through Mobile Coronavirus Testing

Crosby Library has been confirmed as Sefton’s fifth venue for a drive-through Mobile Coronavirus Testing unit.

Monday 13 July will see the first three-day by one of the units, which provide drive-through COVID-19 tests for people with appointments. Open between around 10am and 4pm, the testing site will be in the Library parking area. Because these are drive-through sites, people being tested do not need to leave their cars.

Maghull & Southport next venues for mobile coronavirus testing.

Supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, Mobile Coronavirus Testing units have already visited Bootle, Litherland, Maghull and Southport.

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher said: “Over 5,000 people have already been able to take tests at Sefton Borough’s Mobile Units, and I’m delighted we have been able to set up this new one at Crosby Library.

“These tests, which are a vital part of the ongoing work to overcoming and preventing the spread of COVID-19 are taking place nearly every day in July and this new site will mean we now have extra capacity for the to take place.”

Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus   or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer of Sefton’s two CCGs, said: “This new site in Crosby is good news and gives eligible Sefton residents more opportunities to be tested for coronavirus closer to home, particularly those who may find it difficult to travel to the regional centres in Liverpool, Haydock and Manchester and these mobile testing sites are an excellent example of how partners across health and care are working together locally to respond to Covid-19.”

esting remains vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19.  Around 6,000 people have already been tested so far at Sefton’s Mobile Test Sites.

Through the Government’s NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. It is really important you follow the NHS guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton.

Find out more about the NHS Test and Trace service. 

As the Government restrictions decrease, Sefton’s Health bosses are reminding people of the importance of two-metre distancing, wearing face coverings on public transport  and regular, thorough hand-washing.

 

Coastal Visitor Action Plan reminder

With a sunny weekend expected, Green Sefton bosses are reminding people about the Coastal Visitor Action Plan, which has been developed to keep Sefton’s coastline safe for residents, visitors and its own employees.

Access & parking, facilities, public safety and clear communication are also among the key elements of the plan, which covers the Borough’s main coastal locations of Ainsdale, Crosby and Waterloo, Formby and Southport. As well as re-opening Ainsdale Beach car park, way of dealing with access and parking include Southport’s Esplanade Car Park, exploring more options for park and ride, using variable message signs and continuing with enforcement for illegal and inconsiderate parking.

Additional facilities for any influx of visitors contained in the Plan include providing extra capacity for waste and more frequent emptying of litter bins and issuing visitors with free rubbish sacks at peak times. There are also options for providing more public toilets, including the portable loos, in a way that is safe for users and the staff required to keep facilities clean and sterilised.

All of these measures will be introduced in line with Government guidance to ensure public and staff safety is paramount. Specific innovations such as a new cashless payment system for on-beach car parking and expanded staff welfare facilities to ensure social distancing will also be required.

This short video shows some of the measure in place as part of the Coastal Visitor Action Plan.

However, Sefton Council is still discouraging people from travelling to its coast and beaches and with hot weather expected is echoing the recent message from Liverpool City Region Leaders urging all residents to stay safe and think twice before leaving home.

When the plan was launched, Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “With people having travelled from as far afield as Manchester, Stoke, Birmingham and North Wales as well as from across the City Region it became clear that we needed to develop this Plan.

“In it, we have proposed a wider range of measures to meet the requirements of residents, visitors and employees and our beautiful coastal environment while at the same time keeping them safe in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government’s national guidelines.

“The restrictions around Coronavirus have amplified the issues our Borough often experiences at coastal locations on busy summer weekends and Bank Holidays, particularly since the Government announced aspects of the lockdown were being eased and travel-distances and times for exercise and leisure extended.

“I am pleased to see that by drawing up the Visitor Plan and starting to implement it this weekend, during which we saw up to 300 cars parked on Ainsdale beach reducing pressure on local roads, has enabled the Council to deliver benefits for residents and visitors alike.”

The Council has also been reminding people that a Public Spaces Protection Order is in place preventing the outdoor consumption of alcohol in areas of Formby & Ainsdale Beaches, Southport Promenade and town centre, Crosby & Waterloo including by the Marine Lake as well as Bootle and Formby town centres. The Order can be enforced by Police officers and authorised Council officers and fines for breaching it start at ÂŁ50.

Download a copy of Sefton Council’s Coastal Visitor Action Plan.

 

Update: Essential Coastal Road works continue

Essential works on the Coastal Road in Southport are continuing, to help improve access for both cyclists and pedestrians.

The works are part of the Southport East West Cycle Link improvement scheme thanks to funding from the Liverpool City Region and primarily compromises of the widening of cycle track between Weld Road roundabout and the bridge at Pinfold Lane.

Contractors are carrying the work out in stages to ensure minimal disruption to traffic and the road will be reopened in sections, beginning with the Shore Road to Pinfold Lane in mid July.

Works to the northern section of the Coastal Road, from Weld Road to Shore Road, are expected to be finalised in September.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Work on the scheme was due to begin in April but unfortunately the start date was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are confident of completing the scheme in earnest by September.

“We have been delighted that during these works we have been able to maintain access for cyclists and pedestrians for socially distanced exercise and we will continue to update our communities as the works near completion.”

For more information about road closures in Sefton visit www.roadworks.org

Litherland Sports Park latest venue for a Coronavirus Mobile Test Site, from Friday 10 July 

Litherland Sports Park is the latest venue for a Coronavirus Mobile Test Site, from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July.

Mobile Test Sites are supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG,  and provide clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers .

Key NHS and care workers can now attend regional testing sites, which now include the new site at Liverpool John Lennon Airport as well as Haydock and Manchester Airport without the need for an appointment.

Testing remains vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19.  Around 6,000 people have already been tested so far at Sefton’s Mobile Test Sites.

Through the Government’s NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. It is really important you follow the NHS guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton.

Find out more about the NHS Test and Trace service. 

As the Government restrictions decrease, Sefton’s Health bosses are reminding people of the importance of two-metre distancing, wearing face coverings on public transport  and regular, thorough hand-washing.

You can find their advice here.

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