Coronavirus: follow the guidance says Surrey, after cases rise in Woking and Waverley

David Grantham, 5 October 2020

Surrey County Council is reminding residents to remain vigilant after an increase in Covid-19 virus infections in two areas in the west of the county.

Surrey said on Monday (5 October) that there had been “significant rises” in the number of people testing positive for the virus in Woking and Waverley.

The council said: “As part of the Local Outbreak Control Plan for Surrey we 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 with that we would expect to see.”

Ruth Hutchinson, Surrey’s director of public health, said: “Surrey residents have worked alongside us over the past few months to bring levels of coronavirus down, and the overwhelming majority have listened to our advice and followed public health guidelines to help keep Surrey safe.

“We are continually monitoring the data across the county, and we now need to ask residents in Woking and Waverley (Godalming, Farnham, Haslemere, Cranleigh and all the surrounding areas) to help us stop the spread of the virus. 

“We are at a crucial point for Surrey and the rest of the country and we need to keep infection rates under control.  

“There are no shortcuts when it comes to protecting ourselves, our loved ones and the NHS. 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. 

“If you have become a bit more relaxed about social distancing over the summer then now is the time to make sure you are keeping your distance from people you don’t live with. It is one of the best ways to limit the spread of the virus.

“The situation can change quickly, so we must act now. 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.”

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms – a persistent cough, high fever, or a change in smell or taste – is asked to book a test by calling 119 or by visiting the NHS website.

Slots are made available the evening before for morning appointments, and in the morning for afternoon appointments.

Preventative measures are the best way to avoid local lockdowns, the council said.

Data on infections for the county as a whole, and each borough or district, can be found here.

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