A message from Barnsley Director of Public Health Julia Burrows – “Don’t be a contact”

As you will have seen in the media, a national reporting issue has led to under reporting of cases between 25 September and 2 October.

This means that following the update to data, Barnsley, like other places across the country, has seen a sharp increase in its rates of positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases this week.

This means the borough is more likely to be subject to additional Government restrictions over the coming weeks, as seen in other local areas and across the country.

Director of Public Health, Julia Burrows has released a new video message today with one key message – “Don’t be a contact” – both at work and in social settings.

Some jobs by their nature make it impossible to keep a two-metre distance and in those cases other measures need to be put in place. The Government has issued guidance on a wide range of settings, giving practical advice on how to make workplaces Coronavirus (COVID-19) secure.

We also need to think carefully about how we can limit the amount of people we meet socially – those who are not members of our own households. By doing this, we can reduce potential contacts and to help stop the spread of the virus.

While we know what a hard time this is for everyone, it’s crucial that we all renew our efforts around these measures; we understand how tired people will be after such a long time, especially when it means not being able to have the contact with people we know and love, but it is necessary to keep ourselves and others safe.

With regards to the data on cases, we recognise that there are many different sources available which use various metrics and recording systems.

A Barnsley data page has now been made live at www.barnsley.gov.uk/covid19data, giving details of the number of positive cases and other key information. This information reflects the published data from Public Health England’s weekly report and will be updated at the beginning of each week.

Although the data we’re able to share publicly each week may seem to quickly go out of date as things are changing quickly, our messages will also give the direction of travel and we will continue to provide residents with the latest advice and guidance based on local intelligence.

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