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COVID-19 outbreak in Stotfold, Arlesey and Shefford area

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

The Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, Councillor James Jamieson is urging all residents in Stotfold, Arlesey and Shefford to follow the national coronavirus guidance.

Daily data is showing an increase in cases in this area, particularly among young people.

We monitor the COVID-19 cases on a daily basis and the most recent data is showing an increase from 12 cases in week commencing 2 August, to 20 cases in the week commencing 9 August. Half of these cases are in the Stotfold, Arlesey and Shefford area.

The age profile of most of the individuals who have tested positive in the Stotfold, Arlesey and Shefford area is younger adults, with the majority being aged between 20 and 29.

Councillor Jamieson said:

It is more important than ever that we can control this outbreak and keep people safe.

Some people do not show symptoms, so I am urging all residents, whatever their age, not to take risks and stick to measures that have been proven to be effective in controlling the spread.

Everyone can help by:

  • social distancing – keep two metres apart from anyone outside your household or bubble
  • wearing face coverings in shops and public transport, or if you think you are unable to maintain social distancing
  • washing your hands regularly or use hand sanitiser

If you have symptoms, however mild, please stay at home other than to get tested.

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Councillor Jamieson continues:

The other thing that everyone can do is help with the Test and Trace scheme. If you are contacted by the Test and Trace scheme, please be open and honest about who you have been in contact with. This is vital information that can help to protect others.

We're working closely with Public Health England to investigate the source of these cases.