As restrictions relaxed earlier this week, there is a plea to the 160000 people of our borough to carry on keeping safe and getting vaccinated.
Latest figures, released today (Tuesday) show that whilst more people are in hospital and the area has experienced its first new outbreaks in care homes, the uptake of the vaccine is breaking the chain between infection and very serious illness.
- 22 people are currently in Diana Princess of Wales hospital with COVID-19
- 2 people are currently receiving treatment in intensive care
- Sadly, 3 more people have died from COVID, bringing the death toll in North East Lincolnshire to 359
- Current data shows the area is sixth highest in England for confirmed COVID cases (per 100,000 people)
- 2 care homes are currently closed due to outbreaks
Meanwhile as the virus, driven by the Delta variant, continues to spread there is a warning that disruption to public and health services are unavoidable as workers are required to self-isolate.
Local hospital services are extremely busy, with officials urging people not to attend A&E except to receive emergency treatment. People are being encouraged to call 111, use the 111.NHS.UK online service or call the Single Point of Access on 01472 256256 for urgent health enquiries.
Public Health officials are still advising members of the public to continue wearing wear masks inside, maintain social distancing and isolate if you experience symptoms.
Residents should arrange their vaccination as soon as possible or attend one of the open access vaccination clinics (see below), and those who have already received their first dose of the vaccination should seek to get their second dose as soon as they’re able.
People are also being encouraged to take lateral flow tests before and shortly after spending time around others.
Geoff Barnes, Deputy Director for Public Health at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “In our area we are seeing the highest covid rates we’ve ever experienced in this area. We need to remain extremely cautious going forwards. We need to get our numbers down and get the virus under control quickly.
“We’ve had a perfect storm with the arrival of the Delta variant at the start of June, popularity in the resort, and the football. Things have come to together and overall, right from the start, we had fairly low rates so a lot of people hadn’t been exposed to the virus.
“In our area we don’t want to see people stop wearing face coverings in public spaces. I would strongly encourage people to go on wearing masks. It’s part of your public responsibility to protect others and I want people to carry on wearing them in our area.
“It will be difficult for people to continue to resist the temptation to throw off all the restrictions and go back to how things used to be, but the reality is that the virus is still here, hospital cases are now rising and we need to keep doing those very small things that actually require very little effort but can save someone from falling very ill, ending up in hospital or worse.”
If you still need to get your first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, you can attend one of our drop-in clinics.
The next series of drop-in clinics are:
Wednesday 21 July between 8.30am and 5pm at Open Door, Albion Street, Grimsby, DN32 7DL
Thursday 22 July between 9am and 4pm at Open Door, Albion Street, Grimsby, DN32 7DL
Friday 23 July between 4pm and 7pm at Open Door, Albion Street, Grimsby, DN32 7DL
Friday 23 July 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, Drugs4Delivery, Acorn Business Park, Unit 4, Moss Rd, Grimsby DN32 0LT
Saturday 24 July between 8.30am and 4pm at Open Door, Albion Street, Grimsby, DN32 7DL
Saturday 24 July 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, Drugs4Delivery, Acorn Business Park, Unit 4, Moss Rd, Grimsby DN32 0LT
Thursday 29 July between 9am and 4pm at Open Door, Albion Street, Grimsby, DN32 7DL
Friday 30 July between 8.30am and 4pm at Open Door, Albion Street, Grimsby, DN32 7DL
Those attending for a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine should not attend until 8-weeks has elapsed since receiving your first dose.
You can find other drop ins by visiting COVID Vaccine Drop In Clinics • NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG or ringing 0300 3000 500