An investigation into Bedford’s coronavirus (COVID-19) rate of infection suggests the Borough is seeing a fall in its R-Number.
The two-week investigation by Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre has handed its initial report to the area’s health chiefs ahead of its full report due next week.
The findings show that women between 30-59 have been the most affected in the borough
And, while there were no ‘hot spots’ in the general population, the highest number of cases were around the town centre.
While the apparent fall in the rate of infection is good news, detailed analysis of local data about coronavirus cases is ongoing, to help the early identification of any local clusters.
Measures to help the downward rate of infection continue are also in place, including better testing at Bedford Hospital to improve faster turn-around of test results.
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“This interim findings captures some of the positive steps we have taken, working with our local partners, to ensure that we are best prepared to manage the continuing challenge of COVID-19 in our community,” said David Carter, CEO, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
“Our staff continue to work tirelessly to ensure that we can provide the very best care, and I’d like to thank them for their continued efforts to keep people safe.”
Meanwhile, Bedford Borough Council and Health Authority colleagues continue to advise Bedfordians to observe heightened social distancing.
“We’ve seen in places like Leicester sudden spikes of the virus leading to a local lockdown,” warned Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson.
“If you go out we’re asking everyone to continue to keep two metres apart, wear a face covering (particularly on public transport), and regularly wash your hands. These simple measures are things we can all do that are key in helping to slow the spread of the virus.”
Symptoms of coronavirus include a new persistent cough, high temperature or a change or loss of taste or smell.
If you develop any of these, immediately self-isolate and arrange a test via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.