Coronavirus: Suffolk's new campaign urges public to 'stick with' measures to stop spread
A new campaign has been launched in Suffolk urging residents to 'stick with' measures to stem the spread of coronavirus.
The Stick With It Suffolk campaign is being rolled out after recent data revealed about one in 600 people in the county tested positive for Covid-19.
The Suffolk Resilience Forum, which include Suffolk’s NHS, emergency and public services, says the number is 'continuing to rise, although more slowly' and people should abide by a number of measures.
- Keep staying at home
- Keep working from home where you can
- Keep two metres apart if you go out
- Keep exercising safely
- Keep washing your hands with soap and water
- Keep self-isolating if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
- Keep travelling by car, bike or walking
- Keep staying safe at work
- Keep shielding yourself if you’re vulnerable
- Keep supporting local businesses
- Keep looking out for each other
According to recent data, one in 572 people in Suffolk have tested positive for coronavirus compared to a national average of one in 395 and one in 464 in Norfolk.
Stuart Keeble, Suffolk director of public health, said: "On behalf of all the members of the Suffolk Resilience Forum, I’d like to say thank you to the people of Suffolk for the sacrifices they are making by following these instructions.
"But now, more than ever, it is important that we stick with it - the number of cases can very easily increase if we take our eye off the ball.
"This would be a backward step, with strict lockdown measures coming back into force.
"With young children of my own, I understand how difficult it is when they can’t see their family and friends, they would love to see their grandparents but I know this increases the risk to my family and Suffolk residents.
"We are making progress, and we will continue to do so if we Stick With It Suffolk."
Dr Mark Shenton, chairman of the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our communities for their continued support in helping our health and care system to manage this public health emergency.
"These are unprecedented times and the measures we have all taken so far are really making a difference. This is why it is so important to continue following government guidelines and keeping the two metre distance from each other.
"I am so proud of how our services are responding to this crisis and extremely heartened by the continued support that so many people are giving us by following these rules.
"Please continue to stay alert, continue to help control this virus and help us all save lives."
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