The E484K mutation first identified in Liverpool has been detected in West Lancashire. WLBC are working closely with partners in Public Health England and Lancashire County Council to monitor the situation and will update information as necessary. Residents should not be unduly alarmed, and there is no evidence this mutation is more transmissible or causes more severe illness. However, additional symptoms of this new mutation may include mild flu or cold symptoms.
Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “Finding cases of the new mutation and reducing the number of people who could be exposed to it is crucial. I urge anyone over 16 within the area who may feel ‘under the weather’ to go along and get tested.
“If we can identify as many cases as possible through testing and follow the hands, face, space guidance, we’ve got the best chance of stopping this new mutation before it spreads further.”
Everyone is urged to continue to follow the national guidance to protect themselves and others. This means staying at home except for essential purposes such as shopping for essential supplies, going to work if you can’t do so from home or providing care for others. Wear a face covering when required unless you are exempt, maintain a two-metre space between you and other people and wash your hands often.
How to get tested:
Testing for those with symptoms is available to book between 8am and 8pm every day at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk and at Westgate (close to Sandy Lane Health Centre) in Skelmersdale. There are also mobile testing units open between 10am and 3pm on specific dates in Hesketh Bank, Skelmersdale College and Wrightington. More information here: https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/more/emergencies/coronavirus/testing-sites-for-coronavirus.aspx
Residents should book a test by calling 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
Symptom-free testing for front-line workers
Repeated symptom-free testing is available for frontline-workers who cannot work from home or who have caring responsibilities. This rapid testing is available in Skelmersdale, Burscough and Ormskirk on specific days. Find our more here: https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/symptom-freetesting
Community Engagement Brief
West Lancashire Borough Council issued the following Community Engagement Brief on 8th February 2021.
Review of the COVID-19 data from the previous week across the Borough shows that the highest number of cases are within age groups 55-64 followed by 25-34. The wards most affected are:
- BURSCOUGH EAST
- SKELMERSDALE SOUTH
Additional symptoms associated with the E484K (Liverpool) mutation of headaches, tiredness and muscle pain have now been added to those listed to be able to book a test.
For more information on the Covid19 testing sites in West Lancashire, please see WLBC’s website: https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/covid19test
The vaccination programme across Lancashire is still progressing well with 95% of West Lancashire residents aged 80 and above and over 75% of residents over 70 having now received their first dose.
Important news from previous briefings is included below:
- The Test and Trace Payment Programme has been extended until at least the end of March 2021.
- The government has published an information leaflet for people who have had their first coronavirus vaccination. It can be downloaded by clicking here.
Please be alert to the many scams that are appearing and offer vaccines for payment. Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them into handing over cash or financial details. They are sending convincing looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy. The NHS will:
- NEVER ask for payment – the vaccine is free.
- NEVER ask for your bank details.
- NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
- NEVER ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport.
For further information regarding vaccination fraud please see a government information poster which can be accessed by clicking here.
The latest information, guidance, and support regarding coronavirus is available from the GOV.UK website and can be accessed by clicking here.
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