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Liverpool’s proactive response to Covid-19

05/08/2020

LIVERPOOL City Council and its partners continue to take proactive community-focused steps to control the increase in positive Covid-19 cases in the city.

Thirty-seven cases were confirmed from 20-27 July, with 71 cases confirmed from 28 July–3 August.

The confirmed cases continue to be centred on communities in the L8 postcode.

As well as an extensive social media campaign, the council is partnering with community champions, community leaders, faith leaders and volunteers to engage with people face to face.

The council has also taken the following steps:

  • It has enacted its outbreak control plan and set up a daily incident meeting to manage the outbreak
  • Two walk-in testing facilities are now available in the community, at Princes Park health centre car park, Kinglsey Road, L8 0SY, 9am-4pm, and, from Wednesday 5 August, PAL Multicultural Centre, 68A Mulgrave St, L8 2TF, from 10am-4pm. There is no need to pre-book an appointment.
  • Community buildings have been advised to remain closed for 14 days, and all upcoming gatherings and events are also suspended for 14 days.
  • Additional public health advice and guidance has been issued to cafes, bars, and restaurants in the area
  • People who have been shielding up until 31 July have been advised that they need to continue to protect themselves from risk by staying at home as much as possible and minimising their social interactions in locations where the virus could be circulating.
  • People have been asked not to visit other households unless the visit is essential. If the visit is essential, people have been reminded that they need to stay at least two metres away from anyone from a different household
  • People have been advised not to stay overnight in another household.

Also:

  • Care homes in the Princes Park ward and the neighbouring areas of Picton and Greenbank have been asked to close to visitors and to non-essential staff visits for the next 14 days
  • Three of the council’s children’s centres – Granby, Wavertree, and Picton – have also temporarily stopped delivering face-to-face services but will continue to provide support for families over the phone as well as outreach services to vulnerable families.

Public Health Liverpool will continue to monitor the data of confirmed cases and the measures being taken will be continually reviewed to ensure they are keeping the city’s communities safe and well.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “We have been blown away by the commitment of the communities to look out for each other in Princes Park and nearby areas. These are proactive measures that we have developed with the community in order to save lives and I want to offer our biggest thanks for everything they have done to help protect our city.

“I make no apology for our city being bold with measures like these, so that we can avoid situations like those that have developed in Greater Manchester and Leicester where there are more severe lockdowns. We are keeping a close eye on the situation so that we can react fast, and locally, to help the whole city. We will all need to work together to look after each other.”

Liverpool Director of Public Health Matt Ashton said: “The increase in positive cases in the L8 postcode has underlined that the issues we are facing are not over.

“Although we are working hard on the ground in one area of the city, the messages remain the same for all of us: keep washing your hands, wear a face covering if you are able, keep socially distancing and if you have any of the symptoms get tested and stay at home until you get the test results.”

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