Update on Covid-19 situation in Denbighshire

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Update on Covid-19 situation in Denbighshire

The total number of cases linked to clusters of Covid-19 infections in Denbighshire is now at 31.

An Incident Management Team (IMT) is currently in operation to manage the situation and comprises of Denbighshire County Council, Public Health Wales and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The clusters are being identified in a number of settings and venues and we are working with schools, businesses and sports clubs.

Cases include transmission within households and positive cases include adults and those under 18.

There are currently a total of 402 pupils self-isolating from the following schools, Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Denbigh High School and St Brigid’s.

Not all cases have been confirmed as the Delta variant, but as the strain is becoming the dominant one in the UK, positive tests are being treated as the Delta variant.

Members of the public, businesses and sports clubs are being asked to remain cautious and to follow Welsh Government guidelines.

Chair of the IMT, Nicola Stubbins, said: “We are continuing to work on identifying cases linked to these clusters through our Test Trace Protect teams.

“Now the Delta variant is present in Denbighshire, we are asking everyone to remain vigilant against the spread of Covid-19.

“This includes not attending gatherings that contravene Welsh Government guidelines, to practice social distancing and those who have been asked to, must self-isolate for the full period.

“We are reminding businesses they must enforce guidelines and ensure social distancing as well as rigorous track and trace procedures.

“Businesses found to be breaching these regulations can be served with an Improvement Notice, a Closure Notice and/or a Fixed Penalty Notice from the Council while those found not self-isolating can also face a Fixed Penalty Notice.

“Anyone who develops Covid-19 symptoms should book a PCR test at a test centre immediately and following a positive result, should self-isolate and share all relevant information with Test Trace Protect advisors.

“We are also reminding those eligible and not showing symptoms to undertake regular lateral flow tests at home, which are free and can be ordered online for home delivery.

“We know this has been a difficult time and we would like to thank all our communities in Denbighshire for their co-operation and their efforts to follow the guidelines.”

You can now go for a PCR Covid-19 test if you have a wider range of symptoms which include flu-like symptoms, not caused by a known condition, muscle ache or pain, excessive tiredness, persistent headache, runny nose or blocked nose, persistent sneezing, sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing and generally feeling unwell.

An additional mobile testing unit is operating at Caledfryn, Denbigh, while testing centres are also operating in Rhyl, Quay Street Car Park and Llangollen, Market Street Car Park. Booking is required at these sites.

HWB Dinbych is operating a Covid Support Hub offering collection of free lateral flow tests.

Book a PCR test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test order a lateral flow test at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

You can book a PCR test by telephone on 119 between 7am and 11pm (calls are free).

You can pick up free lateral flow tests from HWB Dinbych, Smithfield Road, Denbigh, LL16 3RG from Tuesdays 8.30am – 1pm; Wednesdays 4pm – 6pm; Thursdays 8.30am – 1pm and Fridays 8.30am – 1pm.

You can also pick up free lateral flow tests from Rhyl, Quay Street Carpark LL18 1NS, between 8am and 1pm, seven days a week.

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