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Staffordshire Moorlands residents urged to act now to stop Covid cases rising

By Leslie Jackson @ In Your Area

“If the number of cases increases much further the Government will escalate us to high alert."

Two leading councillors have written a joint letter to residents in the Staffordshire Moorlands urging them to follow Covid-19 guidelines to help stop the area being moved into a higher tier.

Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Councillor Sybil Ralphs and Dr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing, have appealed to people to protect themselves and their friends and families from Covid-19 and do their bit to help keep the district in the ‘medium’ alert category.  

They are reminding people to stick to the rules by washing or sanitising your hands frequently, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, staying at least two metres away from others and observing the ‘rule of six’ including children.

And as an additional measure, residents in Staffordshire Moorlands are being advised to avoid mixing indoors with other households for social purposes if possible.

The appeal comes after cases in the Staffordshire Moorlands have risen over the last few weeks.

The letter said: “Covid-19 cases in the Staffordshire Moorlands are rising rapidly and we must all take urgent action to stop the increase in cases. “Since September 1 there have been almost 400 confirmed cases and the weekly case rate is currently 165 per 100,000 – the third highest in Staffordshire and higher than the national average.

“Staffordshire Moorlands is currently at medium alert in the Government’s new local covid alert levels.

“We know that people have made huge sacrifices during the pandemic and we would like to thank you for all that you are doing to try and control the virus.

"We are asking that you continue your efforts to protect vulnerable people and avoid additional restrictions on our lives and livelihoods.

“If the number of cases increases much further the Government will escalate us to high alert.

"This would mean that additional restrictions would be imposed, including that it would become illegal to meet with members of another household indoors for social purposes, either at home or in a public place.

“We want to avoid being escalated to high alert – and if we are escalated we want to get back to medium alert as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to follow the rules to stop the spread of infection. We need to act quickly to protect vulnerable people and keep businesses open.

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