Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health for Birmingham City Council, has produced a short video highlighting the importance of getting vaccinated and staying safe despite the lifting of certain legal COVID restrictions. You can find the video on Healthy Brum’s YouTube channel here.
Although most legal restrictions were lifted on the 19th July and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.
There are steps you can continue to take to reduce the risk of COVID-19, including: limiting close contact with people you don’t live with; increasing close contact gradually; meeting outdoors where possible; letting fresh air into homes.
We’re advised to continue wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces, particularly on public transport, and many local businesses will still require customers to do so.
Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms, must still self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if the symptoms are mild.
Full information on the restrictions at the current Step 4 can be seen here.
Across Birmingham, the number of cases increased by 1060 cases compared with last week (4,735 cases this week compared to 3,675 last week).
Total cases rose in all age groups this week, most noticeably in the 40 – 59 age group (48%), the 60 – 79 age group (43%), and the 80+ age group (42%).
Hospital admissions range between 25 and 40 new cases a day (total = 218), 42% higher than last week’s numbers of between 14 and 36 new daily cases (total = 154). The average number of daily hospital admissions has been steadily increasing over the last month. There were 6 deaths from COVID—19 this week in Birmingham, up from 5 in the previous week.
The percentage of positive tests has also increased and, following a slight fall last week, the overall rate of testing has increased. All adults who don’t have symptoms should now be testing twice a week using the rapid lateral flow tests. You can order free at-home tests here, and testing kits are also available at our local network of community pharmacies.
Spread appears to be primarily occurring through household, social and workplace interactions, but it isn’t inevitable and www.germdefence.org can help.
People aged 18 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who are eligible will be contacted by the NHS to book their vaccination, or you can book a vaccination, or manage an existing appointment, here. You can also schedule your vaccination by calling 119. Walk-in vaccination clinics are still taking place at locations across Birmingham and Solihull for first doses and those eligible to receive a second dose; the locations and times can be checked here.
This summer Moseley Community Development Trust is working with Hall Green Families and Rubery Swap Shop to set up a school uniform swap shop in Moseley and we need school uniforms in good condition without rips, tears and stains.
We’d love donations of:
– School uniform
– School shoes
– PE kits
– Swimming costumes
– Winter coats
– School bags
Any items in good condition can be dropped off at Moseley Exchange: 149-153 Alcester Rd, B13 8JP (entrance through the archway next to the Post Office) Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
Items will be used to support families who may be struggling with the cost of school uniforms, but also available to anyone to access as a swap shop to help us reduce items going to landfill, so helping the environment too.
Even if you don’t have school-aged children we ask for your help to spread the message to friends and neighbours, thank you!
Launching as part of Moseley Festival, Moseley Community Development Trust will hold a pop-up clothing swap-shop. It’s great to have some clothes already and people can drop-off unwanted clothing in good condition this Thursday 22nd July between 12-4pm at the Moseley Exchange.
If you have any clothes you don’t want it would be great to bring them in – you can get vouchers for the clothes and then choose from what others bring in!