Care home restrictions after rise in COVID-19 cases in parts of Coventry

Those living, working and studying close to Coventry city centre are being urged to take action now to avoid the risk of local restrictions.

People living in two areas close to Coventry city centre are being reminded to follow social distancing and current health advice after a rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

Those living, working and studying in the St Michael’s and Lower Stoke wards of the city are being urged to take action now to avoid the risk of local restrictions.

The call follows a similar message in the CV6 area of the city.

Coventry City Council have also advised 17 care homes in the area to only allow visitations to take place outside or through open windows to reduce the risk to those living there.

Cllr Mal Mutton commented: “We have worked with care homes and believe that by amending our advice at this time, we can keep our vulnerable residents safe and avoid more severe measures.

“In limiting visits to outside areas and obeying social distancing, we can do our bit to try and keep some of our most vulnerable people safe.”

A further rise in cases may mean some form of local action is possible, but if residents and businesses in the two areas act now and work together, that may not be needed, said Coventry City Council in a statement.

It also reminded Coventrians that COVID-19 is still with us and that they must continue to follow essential health advice such as social distancing and wearing masks, and that large social gatherings are still not allowed.

Liz Gaulton, Coventry’s Director of Public Health, said her team are constantly monitoring and reacting to the data they have regarding positive cases across the city.

“In Lower Stoke and St Michael’s we have seen a small but steady rise in cases over the last few weeks that are predominantly people of working age who do not need hospital treatment.

“Although these people should be self-isolating, the virus remains in the community, which is why we are issuing this advice to try and protect those living in care homes.”

Meetings with family and friends can continue, but those attending must be aware of the risks and need to follow prevention advice, explained a spokesperson from the City Council.