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30 September 2021

COVID-19 spreading quickest amongst the young as cases rise 23%

The latest weekly data for Cumbria shows cases are rising quickest amongst the young and school-age children as cases spiked 23% across the county.

The 12-18 and 5-11 age groups accounted for by far the greatest rate of new cases in Cumbria during the last 7 days (2146 and 1283 new cases per 100k population).

The vaccine rollout amongst 12-15-year-olds began in schools this week. 

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

“Parents should have received consent forms from schools asking for permission to vaccinate their child against COVID-19.

“The latest data shows how important it is that parents return this form as quickly as possible.

“Yes, the chances of your child falling seriously ill from COVID-19 is low, but it can happen. Getting your child vaccinatedis the safest and most effective way to protect them,minimise disruption to their education, and protect those around them - including vulnerable family members and school staff.”

New self-isolation guidance was also issued to schools across Cumbria last week in a bid to tackle a rise in cases amongst school age children.

Mr Cox is advising that siblings of children who test positive should also self-isolate and take a PCR test 3-5 days after their sibling has tested positive before returning to school - if they’re negative.

You can see the latest schools guidance from Cumbria Public Health in full on the Cumbria County Council website.

For more information on the latest COVID situation in Cumbria, read the latest weekly COVID-19 situation report at cumbria.gov.uk/stopthespread.


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The latest weekly data for Cumbria shows cases are rising quickest amongst the young and school-age children as cases spiked 23% across the county.