Council steps up 'stay at home' warning with postcard drop as area sees Covid infection rates double every five days
A POSTCARD warning people to stay at home amid rapidly rising Covid-19 cases is being sent to every household in Christchurch.
With infection rates doubling every five days in the BCP Council area, the authority is stepping up its warnings, sending the mailout to 185,000 households across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
The postcards explain how serious the picture is locally, backed with additional information on the latest local case rates in e-bulletins, social media and other communications.
In the latest published seven-day data, 786 people in every 100,000 people have Covid-19 in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – more than double the number the week before.
Since New Year’s Day, someone has been admitted to hospital with Covid-19 every hour in the local area and someone has died every six hours.
Cllr Nicola Greene, BCP Council’s lead member for Covid-19 Resilience and Public Health, noted the “alarming rates”, adding: “As a community, we must act to stop the spread of this deadly virus and the simplest action we can all take is to stay at home.
“Transmission between households is now the primary way in which Covid-19 is spreading in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, so we must not visit others or allow others into our homes if we are to stop the spread.
“Our local hospitals are seeing a record number of patients with Covid-19, including in the under 60s age group, with a high number of people very seriously ill on ventilators.”
BCP council is reviewing its own services to consider whether further service suspensions are needed to reduce the likelihood of people leaving home.
BCP Council leader Cllr Drew Mellor, said: “Our immediate priority last week was to comply with government guidelines in terms of which services can and cannot operate. We are now looking carefully at all those services which can continue, to ask ourselves whether they really should.
“We will be looking at detailed data to inform our decisions, including pedestrian numbers, beach hut usage, library click and collect take up and takeaway sales, to determine whether it is right that services continue in the current climate.”