Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 4th December can be seen here. Across Birmingham, the number of positive cases increased by 3.8% from the previous week. Hospital admissions for Covid-19 across the city increased by 27% new cases a day, ranging between 28 and 40. There were 15 deaths reported for the week in Birmingham; an increase of 1 death compared to last week.
Stay home: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, stay at home and take a PCR test. You must stay at home until you either have a negative result or, if positive, you will need to follow the latest isolation rules.
Isolate: You must self-isolate for 10 days – irrespective of your vaccination status or age, if you have been in contact with someone who may have the Omicron variant. You will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
Test regularly: Take a rapid test (Lateral Flow Test) if you are going to be in a crowded space or before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19. You can order a rapid test for free online, or you can collect from a local pop up site. If you need to order lateral flow tests in bulk for your community groups and settings, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid-19 Vaccine: You can still get your 1st or 2nd vaccine from a walk in clinic across Birmingham and Solihull. This includes 12-15 year olds, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You can also book an appointment using the National booking system. If you have had your 2nd dose more than 5 months ago, you are eligible to book your booster online. It has also been announced that those aged 18 – 39 will also be eligible for a booster when the NHS calls them. More info about the booster dose here.
Financial support: You may be eligible for financial support while you are self-isolating. See GOV.UK information on support for the latest.
These guidelines will be reviewed the 18th December; however, Covid-19 continues to remain a risk. We ask that you continue to share the following messages about how communities can protect themselves.