Message from Public Health, Nottinghamshire County Council
Newark residents urged to follow strict COVID advice following Government announcement
Earlier today at a meeting of the Government’s Local Action Committee, it was decided that Newark and Sherwood will be designated an area of concern and placed on the Government’s watchlist of areas under close scrutiny due to the number of positive cases of COVID-19. The watchlist is based on local authorities with the highest weekly incidence, whether the areas have an upward or downwards trend.
This decision reflects the sharp rise in confirmed cases. This now stands at 56 for the most recent 14-day period for which we have complete data. In addition, a relatively high proportion of people being tested are found to be positive for COVID-19.
The majority of cases are people who live in Newark. Some are linked to the Bakkavor desserts factory where we are testing the whole workforce. But at this time, not all cases are linked to the Bakkavor site.
Therefore, the Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, Jonathan Gribbin, has said: “It is of critical importance that strict measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 are in place across the whole community, all of our workplaces, and in any setting where people meet with people outside of their immediate household.
“Residents, businesses and everyone living or working in Newark are strongly urged to follow all of the Government guidance and in full.
"It is still vital that everyone follows social distancing guidance in full, including guidelines about car sharing, washing our hands regularly, wearing face coverings, self-isolating and quickly getting a test if we develop symptoms.”
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