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Sandwell Council are warning of a recent rise in Covid-19 cases in Friar Park

Published 3rd December 2021

Warning to people living in Friar Park - These areas are Covid-19 hotspots.
Infection rates are significantly higher than the rest of Sandwell.

The latest Covid-19 figures show that in the seven days to Wednesday 1 December there were 54 positive cases were reported in Friar Park, Wednesbury.

The rate of infection in the area is 424 per 100,000 which is 35% above the average rate of 274 per 100,000 for Sandwell overall and is particularly high among young people.

This comes at a time when Public Health teams across the country are concerned about the rise of the omicron coronavirus variant, which has spread very quickly in other countries and is now in many areas of the UK.

The contact tracing service run by the Sandwell Council Public Health Team, which was one of the first local contact tracing services set up in the UK, is already working to detect cases of the Omicron variant in the area.

Sandwell Council’s Director of Public Health, Lisa McNally, said: “The rise in infection within Friar Park is a concern and we’d ask local people to take extra care. Wearing a face covering and ensuring we are fully vaccinated are incredibly important right now, especially as we face the new challenge of the Omicron variant.

“We have already redesigned our local contact tracing service to use s-gene data and travel history to find any new cases of the omicron variant. This will allow us to put the right measures in place as soon as possible and reduce the spread of the new variant in our area.”

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for adults, social care and heath, Councillor Suzanne Hartwell said: “We are now required to wear a face covering in shops and on public transport. Wearing a face covering in any indoor area can reduce the spread of the virus.

“Vaccination is also crucial. We need to take up every jab for which we are eligible to maximise our protection against coronavirus. This is especially true in the light of concerns that the Omicron variant may be more resistant to vaccine effects.”

Information on how to get access vaccination in Sandwell.

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