Three cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in Trafford.
Public health experts say it is “highly likely” that the number of Omicron cases in the borough will increase rapidly in the coming weeks.
They also say that the increase in Trafford’s overall Covid-19 rate – up 18% week on week to 516.5 cases per 100,000 people – is “causing concern”.
Helen Gollins, Acting Director of Public Health at Trafford Council, is asking residents to take steps to protect themselves and reduce transmission.
She said: “We are worried about the increased risk that Covid-19 currently poses to our residents. Rates are rising and we know the Omicron variant is present in our borough.
“We ask everyone to do what they can to limit the spread of Covid-19 while we find out more about Omicron and its potential impact.
“It’s important that we continue to do what we can to protect the vulnerable residents in our communities.”
Trafford has reminded people of the steps to take to protect yourself from Covid-19:
- Vaccination is the best protection against Covid-19 so get your first, second and booster doses when eligible
- Consider how much you mix with others. The less you mix, the less chance you have of catching or spreading Covid-19. Don’t mix with others if you feel unwell
- If you do mix with others please take a lateral flow test first
- Frequently wash and sanitise your hands
- Wear face coverings in public spaces when not seated/eating/drinking
- Keep your distance from others where possible
- People who are contacts of suspected or confirmed Omicron need to self-isolate for 10 days regardless of their vaccination status or age. We recommend people do not attend events if they have any Covid-19 cases in their own household (whether or not it is Omicron).