We have had 10 confirmed Covid case in our area over the past seven days, and four of these in the past three days. These numbers again appear low compared to other parts of the country, but we are likely to see further cases as we move into the Autumn and each one has the potential to create a spike and a local outbreak which can quickly accelerate. We have managed to control the cluster of cases in the Midsomer Norton area thanks to people following the guidance, but we cannot afford to be complacent.
The first wave of this pandemic hit older people particularly hard, and lead to many deaths. But more recently cases have been spreading mainly among younger people, and particularly young adults, who often get a less severe illness. The problem then is that this could lead to cases rising again in more vulnerable people, causing a further spike in deaths, as well as the threat of a local lockdown to regain control.
So we do need our younger residents to continue to play their part in safeguarding their communities by socially distancing, regularly washing hands and wearing masks. Remember, if you think you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you need to self-isolate.
If you develop any symptoms, get tested as well as isolate. These things are disruptive, but by sticking to the guidance it really will help avoid the spread, it will avoid the triggers for a local lockdown and it will help keep us all safe.