Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council wants to remind all residents that they must self-isolate and seek a test if they develop COVID-19 symptoms.
These timely actions are crucial to stopping the spread of coronavirus and ultimately saving lives in our communities.
The BT49 postcode has seen the highest number of infections over the last seven days within the Council area, as reported by the Department of Health via its Covid dashboard.
Urging the public to play their part, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Alderman Mark Fielding said: “Ongoing restrictions and the roll-out of the vaccine have had a positive impact but the risk of coronavirus remains with us and now is a time for renewed vigilance and adherence to the public health advice.
“If you’re displaying any symptoms, do the right thing immediately by isolating from others and getting tested. These actions will stop the spread and protect others, and we must all commit to playing our part.
“As we look ahead to the Easter holiday period, don’t put yourself at risk by becoming complacent. Avoid any busy areas if you have to go out this weekend, keep your distance from others, wear a face covering where required and wash your hands well and often. We all must strengthen our resolve while remaining hopeful that there are better days ahead.”
Remember, the symptoms to look out for are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature); OR
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual); OR
a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.
If you have any of these symptoms then you need to get tested.
Information about how to book a test is available here
Individuals identified as a close contact should self-isolate for 10 days, even if you have received a negative result as it can take this length of time for symptoms of the infection to develop.
For more information go to www.pha.site/coronavirus.