People across the Cannock Chase District are being urged to stick to the Covid-19 rules, after a surge in cases.
If cases continue to rise, people are being warned not only could more lives be put at risk, but the Government may step in and impose further restrictions.
In the seven days between October 10 and October 16 there has been a total of 180 cases.
Geographically cases are increasing right across the district, especially in Cannock Town. There has been no one single source of infection as transmissions have been identified within and between households, care homes, schools and businesses.
While there are no additional restrictions being advised at this stage, this is a rapidly changing situation.
To bring the rate of cases down people are being urged to strictly following the national rules and do what they can do in their local communities to help reduce the risk of virus transmission.
Dr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said:
“Cases in the Cannock Chase District are a genuine concern. People need to act now to prevent the risk of Covid-19 cases increasing further, which could lead to the government stepping in with additional restrictions.
“Simple measures do make a huge impact and by educating and encouraging all our communities there is a great chance to get the situation back under control.”
The Leader of Cannock Chase Council, Councillor George Adamson said:
“Just a couple of weeks ago we had 22 cases in the District. However, these latest figures demonstrate just how contagious this virus is and that no area can take matters for granted. I therefore urge all our residents to actively follow the guidance around hands, face and space which we have been sharing through the Council’s social media. We must be vigilant especially as cases are coming from different locations. None of us want to be the subject of further restrictions”.
You can find out more information and advice at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus