‘Don’t get Covid-complacent’ says Northamptonshire’s Public Health Director

“Let’s not be COVID-19 complacent – 193 patients are occupying hospital beds in our county and the virus is still infecting and even re-infecting some residents.”

That’s the latest message from Northamptonshire’s Director of Public Health as admissions rise by around 20% and a further 10,771 residents tested positive, 1,085 of which were reinfections.

All local areas are showing coronavirus case rates to be significantly higher than the national average infection rate per 100,000 population and the Omicron variant continues to be virulent in the county.

Also, the latest hospital data shows a 21.4% increase on the previous week’s number occupying hospital beds in Northamptonshire.

Lucy Wightman – Joint Director of Public Health, North and West Northamptonshire Councils said: “Covid-19 rates in Northamptonshire remain concerningly high and there are still many people falling seriously ill with the virus – particularly in the unvaccinated population. It’s vitally important that we remain cautious and play our part to reduce the spread of the virus. The vaccination remains our best defence against Covid-19 so I urge you to get the jab, whether it is the first, second or booster dose – it is not too late.”

“We should all continue to protect ourselves and others; get vaccinated and get your booster dose, consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces, let fresh air in if you meet indoors. meeting outdoors is safer, get tested and self-isolate if required.

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