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Stay home and save lives this weekend

Published Friday, 15 January 2021

City of York Council would like to thank local residents, businesses and communities for doing their part to stop the spread of the virus in York.

The council is urging everyone to stay at home, where possible, to protect the NHS and save lives in our city.

With cases still high in the city, residents are being reminded to act as if they and others have the virus, in order to prevent further transmission from those who do not have symptoms.

This weekend, residents are advised to avoid congregating to chat in crowds or groups outdoors and to avoid queues where you can't socially distance. Our best defence against COVID-19 is to minimise our contact with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. If you need to leave the home for essential reasons, please remember hands, face, space to protect yourself and those you love.

Avoiding unnecessary journeys doesn't mean we can't also support our hard working local businesses. Many businesses now offer delivery of food and goods, and a list can be found on the Live Well York website which residents are encouraged to share and print if neighbours can’t access it online.

The latest official "valiodated" figures for York, as of January 9, show 657.6 cases per 100,000 compared to a national average of 622.3 and a regional average of 318.7 per 100,000. For a daily update on the latest case data, residents can visit the council’s Facebook and Twitter pages or the Open Data COVID-19 Daily Data Tracker.

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms, and will be spreading the virus without realising. The Council has recently expanded its symptom-free testing offer to include anyone living or working in York who is unable to work from home during the lockdown and who come into contact with other people during the course of their work, including staff working in education and early years settings and those in factories or working in construction. Symptom-free testing continues to be offered to those who support the most vulnerable in the city, to school pupils who are eligible to attend school and to teachers who will be working in schools.

Find out if you are eligible and book a test.

You should not book a rapid test if you have coronavirus symptoms, instead you should self-isolate and book a test online or by calling 119.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the council, said;

"I would like to thank local residents and businesses for yet again rising to the challenge and demonstrating the strong community spirit in York.

"We must continue to work together the stop the spread of the virus, in order to keep the people we love safe and not overwhelm our NHS.

"With the new variant of COVID-19 now apparent in the majority of new positive cases in York, we must all remain vigilant. Our collective efforts of following public health guidance will help flatten the curve of cases in York."

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health, said;

"In York, around 75% of all new positive cases of COVID-19 are of the new variant.

"What we know about this new variant is that it is thought to be around 70% more transmissible than what we were dealing with earlier last year. This means that everyone needs to practice extra caution with hygiene and ask themselves if their journey or interaction is absolutely essential, even if it is within the current rules."

"With news that more than one third of people aged 80 and over in England have received at least one dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine as of this week, we can remain hopeful that there is in an end in sight to the current restrictions. However, we still have a fair way to go to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected and that case rates are at a much lower level - and this is down to our united efforts to carefully follow the current guidance and stay home."