Covid-19: Cornwall Council warns coronavirus ‘has not gone away’ as hospital staff absences rise

Cornwall Council reminds people to remain cautious in the face of covid to prevent staff shortages from overwhelming the NHS. It comes as cases of coronavirus in Cornwall have steadily risen with new figures showing it is the second worst-hit area in the UK.

Along with a call for people to get vaccinated, the council posted on Facebook: “Covid has not gone away. It is circulating in YOUR community and disrupting our essential workers. Please continue to be careful. Stay home if you have symptoms, wear a face covering in crowded places if you can, and get vaccinated if you haven’t already.”

Since the lifting of all coronavirus measures on February 24, covid cases have been on the rise. According to the latest government figures, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) has 116 Covid patients on its units – the trust runs the main hospital in Treliske, Truro, as well as West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance and the hospital St Michael in Hayle. Community hospitals in the county, run by the Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, currently have 38 Covid patients.

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These cases are leading to a growing number of hospital staff absences due to the virus, contributing to growing pressure on the local NHS. Last week we also reported that the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust confirmed that there were 453 staff off work with Covid at main and community hospitals in Cornwall – this figure included people who were self-isolating or caring for people with the virus.

A spokesperson for the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “People can support the NHS by getting tested if they have symptoms of Covid and getting vaccinated if they haven’t yet. – details of vaccination sessions are on our website kernowccg .nhs.uk or people can call 119.

“We are also encouraging people to wear face coverings and keep a safe distance from others, and to continue to wash their hands and keep rooms ventilated to help reduce the spread of the virus.”

To help you protect yourself and others, safe public health advice includes:

  • track hands, face, space, fresh air
  • if you have symptoms, please book a PCR test
  • please do the right thing if you can, stay home and self-isolate if you have symptoms or test positive
  • if you can, be responsible and do not go to work if you are sick
  • avoid contact with other people as much as possible if you are in close contact with someone who has Covid-19
  • you can leave self-isolation when you have had two consecutive LFD tests on days five and six
  • if you must leave the house, please wear a face covering and avoid spending time in crowded places or meeting vulnerable people
  • Get Vaccinated: Vaccines are still one of the best defences, they can reduce the risk of serious illness and help stop the spread of the virus.

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