Public Health experts at Worcestershire County Council have identified a family gathering as the likely source of an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in Redditch.
Data from Public Health England has shown an increase in positive test results in the district.
From 15 August to 21 August there were 25 new cases of COVID-19 in Redditch.
The County Council has been working closely with colleagues at Public Health England and at Redditch Borough Council and has found that the majority of the reported cases can be traced back to a recent family gathering.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire said: “We have seen an increase in cases in Redditch but these are not linked to a workplace or community venue. We are confident that most cases are linked to a single event in a private household and the risk to the wider community is low. Those who have tested positive are following our advice and self isolating. Others who attended the event have also gone into isolation. We are continuing to trace any additional contacts but the risk to the wider community is low.
This is a reminder to all of us that Covid-19 has not gone away, and it is important that we all continue to wash our hands regularly, wear face coverings where necessary, and keep our distance. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must arrange a test.”
The number of coronavirus cases in Worcestershire remains low. The public health advice for everyone across the county remains the same:
- Continue to wash their hands regularly.
- Wear a face covering where required
- Maintain social distancing with all people outside of your household, this includes family members and friends you don’t live with and who aren’t in your bubble.
-Additionally, you should not socialise indoors in groups of more than two households.
Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing added: “Any increase in the number of cases is a concern to us but our outbreak control processes in Worcestershire are working effectively. We identified an increase in cases in Redditch. Working with our district council colleagues we have acted quickly to find the source and we are taking all the necessary steps to contain the situation. I have been reassured by our Public Health experts that those who have tested positive and their contacts are self isolating. COVID-19 has not gone away, it is crucial that everyone remains vigilant, stays safe and continues to follow the public health advice.”
For the latest information and updates on Covid-19 in Worcestershire please visit the Council's dedicated Coronavirus web page.