Middleton Cheney Parish Council

Serving the people of Middleton Cheney

All Saints Church 1920

Clerk: Mrs Valerie Furniss
Parish Meeting Rooms
Middleton Cheney, Banbury
Oxon OX17 2LR

Tel: 01295 713500

COVID-19 cases rising in South Northants

ALERT

COVID-19 cases rising in South Northants

Dear Resident There has been a Large rise in positive Covid-19 cases in Middleton Cheney over the past week. The significant rise in cases is believed to come from community transmission - predominantly through social meetings and household mixing . Some of this increase is being driven by 2 active outbreaks, one in Cheney House Care Home and one in Chenderit Secondary School.

Officers from South Northants Health and Environment Department are working closely with these institutions alongside Public Health England and Northants County Council Public Health team to ensure appropriate action is taken to control these outbreaks and also try and determine the cause of this recent spike, and more importantly to prevent any further spread of the virus.

The virus spreads more rapidly in indoor settings, and where there may have been mixing indoors, without face coverings or social distancing, the spread of the virus is likely to increase in these environments. The introduction of national lockdown guidance last week will hopefully help us to reduce community transmission of the virus.

The recommendation is that if anyone enters your home, or you theirs, for example for childcare purposes, that everyone wears a face covering, maintains a two-metre social distance, and keeps interactions as short as possible.

We would also advise that cases are increasing in the over 60 age group and school age children, hospital admissions are also increasing locally.

Transmission can easily spread within families, especially where children and parents mix with grandparents and particularly in indoor settings. Whilst we recognise the importance of social interaction, we recommend that if you have to work with or care for someone who is in the older or more vulnerable categories, or if you ordinarily mix with grandparents, that you consider reducing your social contacts elsewhere, or move your interactions to an online format where possible during the lockdown period.

Our Environmental Health teams, Police and County Council are working hard to ensure that any breaches are followed up and any subsequent fixed penalty notices are issued in the event of non-compliance.

If you are aware of breaches in legislation, you can report these to the Police by calling 101 or here https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/report If you have any concerns about whether you may have COVID-19, how to get a test, how to get more support for someone who is vulnerable or the current guidance and what you can and cannot do, visit the County Council website. https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/Pages/default.aspx

We all need to work hard to ensure that case numbers reduce in our local area, to ensure that we keep the people we love safe, and so that we can return to a more normal way of living as soon as possible when the national measures come to an end. We are all in this together and all our actions contribute to the outcomes we face. Let's continue to work together, to wash our hands regularly, to wear our face coverings and to keep two metres from others.

Take care

Middleton Cheney Parish Council

Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 16:48 by Will Smith

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