Friday 25th September
Data is showing some rises in COVID-19 case numbers in some areas of Surrey and residents should remain vigilant to slow any spread of the virus.
We are confirming today that we have now seen a small rise in cases in Runnymede Borough.
Surrey County Council and the Local Resilience Forum partners have committed to being open and transparent about its response to COVID-19 and to notify residents of any notable increase in cases.
Ruth Hutchinson, Surrey’s Director of Public Health said:
“Many of our residents will be aware from the news that there has been a rise in the number coronavirus cases across the country and this continues to be the case in Surrey too.
“We are continually monitoring the data across the county, and we now need to call on residents in Runnymede to further support us in reducing the spread of the virus.
“Surrey residents have successfully worked with us in other parts of the county to bring infection rates down, so everyone in Runnymede needs to play their part in controlling the virus. Remember – hands, face, space – keep washing your hands, wear face coverings when required, and keep your distance from people outside your household.
“We are still a long way from a local lockdown and if we all follow guidelines we can rein this back in.”
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. 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. Residents should be assured that we are not currently considering local lockdowns and there are no plans for closure of premises while numbers remain relatively low.
We will continue to review the data on a daily basis, and we anticipate that with extra vigilance that the figures will come down and additional measures will not be needed.
Notes to Editors:
The Prime Minister’s statement on Wednesday 9th September: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-press-conference-statement-9-september-2020
Weekly data for Surrey, including Districts and Boroughs can be found at: surreycc.gov.uk/covidcases
Government coronavirus data: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/%23category=utlas&map=rate
Surrey’s Local Outbreak Control Plan: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/testing