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08 July 2021

Cases continue to rise in Cumbria, as Government set to ease restrictions

In the week that Government announced plans to lift many lockdown restrictions later this month, 1192 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Cumbria, an increase of 56% on the previous week.

The increase in infections comes despite a 9% reduction in the total number of tests carried out.

New cases continue to be concentrated among younger age groups, with the case rate among 19-24 year olds now hitting 877 per 100,000 (almost four times the county average).

Despite the increase, new admissions to hospital for COVID-19 remained low, though hospitals and Primary Care are currently experiencing extremely high levels of non-covid related demand.

84% of Cumbrian adults have now had their first dose, with 67% having received both doses. Approximately 55,000 Cumbrians over the age of 18 remain unvaccinated.

Colin Cox, Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, said:

“We are now entering a new phase of the pandemic that will have new challenges. We can see that the impact on hospitals is far lower due to the vaccine programme and that’s great. But increasing numbers of infections, combined with the self-isolation of close contacts, is starting to have big impacts on employers, including health and emergency services. This disruption has real world consequences, so it still makes absolute sense to try and avoid getting infected or spreading the virus.

“It’s also a fact that if you aren’t yet vaccinated then you remain at much higher risk of serious illness from covid, even if you are young. We still have around 55,000 people without the protection offered by the vaccine and I would urge them to take up the offer as soon as possible. If you’ve just not got round to it yet, then it’s easier than ever with an increasing number of drop-in clinics and booked slots now easily available.

“Even with vaccination there will be those in our communities who will always be at risk from covid. I’d ask people to remember that many people remain vulnerable and by doing the simple things - masks, hand washing, distance, fresh air - we can all help protect everyone. For me it’s all about respect now, thinking about who you are meeting with, considering the risks, and taking the steps that help us all stay safe.”

The weekly COVID-19 situation report can be found at www.cumbria.gov.uk/stopthespread.

Information about vaccination drop-in availability can be found at:
North Cumbria: https://www.northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk/dropins 
South Cumbria: https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CovidVaccination/getmyjab/walk-ins 


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In the week that Government announced plans to lift many lockdown restrictions later this month, 1192 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Cumbria, an increase of 56% on the previous week.