14 July 2022
Keep doing the right thing this summer
The newly appointed Minister for Health and Social Services is encouraging Islanders to keep doing the right thing this summer, as COVID-19 cases rise.
The Island is now in a fifth wave of infections, with active case numbers reaching 1,503 today, Thursday 14 July.
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Karen Wilson, said: “It is in this period of high infection rates that I would like to encourage Islanders to continue to follow the current guidance, which includes wearing masks in recommended settings.
“We are at an important stage in the current wave and if Islanders work together and follow the current guidance issued by Public Health, we will be able to move through the wave more quickly and ensure that we can enjoy a safe summer.”
Islanders are asked to keep doing the right thing with these five key actions
- Book a PCR test if feeling unwell or have symptoms
- Take an LFT twice a week
- Wear a mask in indoor crowded places or when visiting vulnerable people
- Open up windows in crowded places to increase ventilation
- Keep up to date with their vaccination schedule
Islanders who have not yet had their first, second, or third dose of the vaccine can still book appointments at the Vaccine Centre here or by contacting the Coronavirus helpline on 0800 735 5566.
, including a full list of symptoms, is available.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a blocked or runny nose or sneezing
- feeling tired or exhausted
- a sore throat
- a headache or dizziness
- a new, continuous cough
- a high temperature or shivering (chills)
- shortness of breath
- an aching body, including back pain
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
People can book
a COVID test if they need to.
Mask wearing continues to be mandatory in the hospital and other health and care settings to continue to protect the most vulnerable. Mask wearing is also strongly recommended in certain situations. These include:
- when you are in crowded and enclosed spaces, or in close contact with other people
- when you are coming into close contact with someone at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19 or another respiratory infection
- when visiting a healthcare setting such as the hospital, doctors. care homes, the Vaccination Centre, and Testing Centre
- when you use public transport. This is especially important if you are symptomatic and travelling to or from the Testing Centre.