Things are not looking good for our borough right now. Waverley is now on AMBER ALERT with reported cases of the COVID virus on the up!
Waverley’s total infection-rate since the start of the pandemic is now higher than Woking – with its large ethnic population and is not far off Guildford.
There have been a total of 670 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Waverley since the start of the pandemic up to 2 October. However, between September 26 and 2nd October cases increased by 64. Which has led to the borough being put on AMBER ALERT.
For the same period.
- GUILDFORD – 82 new cases TOTAL of 777
- WOKING 57 new cases 57. TOTAL of 552
Data is showing an increase in COVID-19 case numbers in other areas of Surrey too and residents are being urged to be vigilant to slow any spread of the virus.
As part of the Local Outbreak Control Plan for Surrey the county council made a commitment to be open and transparent about our response to COVID-19. Therefore, it is important to communicate any increase in cases, which is out of step what it would expect to see.
It has now confirmed that it is seeing significant rises in people testing positive for Coronavirus in Guildford and in Waverley. Similar warnings have been issued to Elmbridge, Woking, Runnymede and Spelthorne, where cases are also rising.
Ruth Hutchinson, Surrey’s Director of Public Health said:
“I am grateful to everyone in Surrey who has listened to our advice and followed public health guidelines to help keep Surrey safe over the past months.
“We are continually monitoring the data across the county, and we now need to ask residents to help us stop the spread of the virus.
“Rates of Coronavirus infections are rising fast across the country, and Surrey is no exception. Over the past few days we’ve seen significant rises in positive test in Guildford. We have issued similar warnings to Elmbridge, Woking, Waverley, Runnymede and Spelthorne, where infection rates are also rising fast.
“We’re at a crucial point and now is the time to do everything you can to limit the spread of the virus.
“I can’t say it enough – keep washing your hands, wear face coverings when required, limit the number of households you are in contact with and don’t get together in groups of more than 6. Social distancing is one of the best ways to limit the spread of the virus.
“It has been a really tough year for all of us, and I know people are starting to feel ‘COVID fatigue’. But things are changing quickly and we need to get our infection rates back down.
“If we all follow the guidelines we still have the chance to get the situation in these areas under control and avoid any further restrictions.”
Weekly data for Surrey, broken down by Districts and Boroughs can be found at surreycc.gov.uk/covidcases
If you have Coronavirus symptoms – a persistent cough, high fever, or a change in smell or taste – then you should book a test by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.co.uk/coronavirus.
Preventative measures are the best way to avoid local lockdowns.
Surrey’s Local Outbreak Control Plan: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/testing
COVID-19 cases* in the UK up to 2 October 2020. Daily cases by date reported the UK, up to 2 October 2020467,146 total COVID-19 cases in UK up to 2 October 2020.
43,912 new cases this week (26 September – 2 October 2020)
6,968 COVID-19 cases in the UK reported on 2 October 2020