Three confirmed COVID-19 Omicron variant cases in North NorthamptonshireCoronavirus
10 December 2021
Statement issued today by Public Health Northamptonshire.
Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health Northamptonshire says:
“The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is leading an investigation into three confirmed cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant and 16 highly probable cases in North Northamptonshire and we are working closely with them to ensure that all appropriate actions to identify close contacts are taken.
“All cases are, or have been, self-isolating in line with Government guidelines.
“Close contacts have been identified to limit the opportunity for any further infection.
“To date no one locally has been hospitalised with Omicron; however we are still learning about Omicron and the related risks, so the sensible option is to keep calm, exercise caution, and follow the new Government Plan B rules announced on Wednesday 8 December.
“Testing is a really important tool in our armoury. It’s vital that over 11s continue to take LFD tests at least twice a week. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms and these rapid lateral flow tests help find cases in people who have no symptoms but are still infectious and can give the virus to others. This is why it’s also important to take a test before going out and mixing with people in crowded indoor places, or visiting someone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. You can pick these up from pharmacies. Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests and also order online for home delivery.
“It’s important to stay at home if you're not feeling well. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, do book a PCR test.
“PCR test sites are for anyone with symptoms as well as anyone who has been identified as a contact of a COVID-19 case, or believes themselves to be.
“Can I please request that residents don’t turn up at a PCR site without a test appointment. Booking is essential and you can book a PCR test online.
"If you are unable to book online please phone 119 to get an appointment or order a home PCR testing kit to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19).
“As the Government is now bringing Plan B into action it is important to follow the new rules.
- Work from home if you can – (from Monday 13 December) as by reducing your contact in the workplace you will help slow transmission.
- Use mandatory COVID-19 certification to enter nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather. This will include proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (from Wednesday 15 December).
“You will have to use the NHS COVID-19 pass to enter unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, seated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 attending.
“Wearing a face covering is now mandatory in shops and on public transport, and from Friday 10 December will be mandatory in most indoor settings including cinemas and theatres.
“As well as testing and following Plan B rules there are other COVID-safe behaviours which all Northamptonshire residents can, and should, follow to reduce the risk of infection.
“As COVID-19 transmits mostly between people at close range through inhalation it’s really important to open windows if you’re meeting inside now its colder.
“Regular and thorough hand washing or hand sanitisation remains an essential part of good hygiene and prevents the spread of many viruses. As well as COVID-19 handwashing can also reduce the spread of colds, flu and stomach bugs.
“And finally, vaccination provides powerful protection against severe illness with COVID-19 so getting the jab is still the most important thing you can do to protect yourself. There is a vaccine locally for everyone eligible and we are happy to vaccinate those who have not yet had their first or second dose, as well as support people to access their booster jab."