COVID-19 outbreak in Stotfold, Arlesey and Shefford area

Latest daily COVID19 data is showing an increase in cases in the Stotfold, Arlesey and Shefford area and this seems to be particularly people aged 20-29.

In the week starting 9 August there have been 20 positive cases across the whole of Central Bedfordshire and half of these (10) are in the Stotfold, Arlesey and Shefford area. To put this into context, the previous week we only have 12 cases across the whole of Central Bedfordshire, and these were spread out across the patch.

CBC are urging everyone in the area to avoid spreading the virus by:

  • social distancing – keep 2m apart from anyone outside your household or bubble
  • wear face coverings in settings where they are mandatory or if you think you are unable to maintain social distancing.
  • keep washing your hands regularly

Some people do not show symptoms so It is vital everyone stays alert and follows these measures.

We are working proactively with our colleagues in the CCG and Public Health England to investigate the source of these cases so that we can take appropriate action in response.

Got symptoms? Get tested

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  1. a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  2. a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  3. a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

If you have symptoms, however mild, stay at home other than to get tested. Book a test online at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

Help trace your contacts

If you are contacted by the Test and Trace scheme, please be open and honest about who you have been in contact with. This is vital information than can help to protect others.