Update from Cumbria Local Resilience Forum

People across Cumbria are being asked to follow the Tier 4 guidance and stay at home and stay local, and reduce pressure on our emergency services.

The number of people testing covid positive is increasing everywhere, but especially in Carlisle and Eden, where rates have risen to their highest level yet.

This means that the guidance issued to communities in Tier 4 is more important than ever:

  • Stay home – only leaving to buy food, seek medical support, or work if you cannot work from home
  • Wear a face covering in public places
  • Wash your hands more frequently
  • Adhere to social distancing

Colin Cox, director of public health for Cumbria, said: “Driven by the new strain, rates in Carlisle and Eden are now very high, and are rising fast in other parts of the county. Rates in Barrow, Copeland and Allerdale have doubled in the last 4-5 days. Hospitals here are also under growing pressure and the NHS cannot afford for the rates to go any higher. It is essential that people follow all the guidance and that we all do everything we can to stop the spread.” 

Peter Rooney, chief operating officer for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The NHS is here for you if you need medical help, but we want to make sure it can continue to help those in need. There is no doubt that our services across the health and care system are under pressure and we are grateful to our exceptional staff who are coping with an escalation in demand.

“We are urging everyone to follow the guidance to reduce further community transmission of this very infectious new variant of the disease, to ensure we don’t increase pressure on all our emergency services.

“It’s never been more important for everyone in our community to follow the public health guidance and do everything possible to reduce transmission of this virus.”

The NHS is advising people to only use A+E if they have an urgent need and to make use of the 111.nhs.uk or NHS 111 for advice.

People should still keep any booked appointments unless they have been contacted.

You can help by choosing the service most appropriate for your needs.  This includes:

  • 111.nhs.uk/ NHS 111 – this service provides 24 hour advice on any healthcare need
  • Pharmacy – think pharmacy first where there are trained professionals who can prescribe medicines and give advice
  • GP – for ongoing or persistent medical issues
  • Minor Injuries and Urgent Treatment centres – for urgent but not life-threatening issues
  • A&E - for life-threatening and serious emergencies only. 

You can find more information on coronavirus.

The latest local information: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/stopthespread

The latest national advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The latest health advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/