Friday 8th January 2020
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Leader’s Lockdown message
The Leader of Rotherham Council has issued another update on the Coronavirus pandemic in Rotherham, as the national lockdown comes into force this week.
Councillor Read is urging local people to stay at home whenever possible to reduce the spread of the virus in the coming months to allow the vaccine rollout to provide the maximum benefit in local communities.
Rotherham Covid infections on the increase
The number of people testing postive for Coronavirus in Rotherham is starting to increase, once again.
As shown in the the graph above, 817 new infections were recorded in the latest 7 day period, up from 562 the previous week.
The infection rate across the borough stands at 297.3 cases per 100,000. Although this is still currently lower than the national average, it is now at its highest level since mid-October last year.
The rate is likely to be rising more slowly than in other areas of the country because less cases are caused by the new variant which is more infectious, but should we see more transmission of the new variant in South Yorkshire, we would expect a rapid increase as has been seen elsewhere in England.
Worryingly, the rate of infection in Rotherham for those aged 60 years and over is still high, at 222.7 per 100,000.
Detailed, daily information about Coronavirus infections in different parts of the country in available from the UK Government website
Latest from Rotherham Hospital
Rotherham Heroes deliver
Rotherham Heroes and Community Hub – here for you
Clap for heroes is back!
Thursday 7 January 2021 saw the return of the Clap for Heroes. Like last year’s Clap for Carers, people across the UK were encouraged to clap for our NHS and community heroes who have been working tirelessly throughout the year to keep us safe.
We are looking for residents to share their photos and videos of their tributes to our local heroes.
Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or share them on Twitter and Facebook with #RotherhamTogether to get involved.
Be safe, not sorry – if in doubt, get tested
It has never been so important to get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild. Even if it’s ‘just a bit of a cough’ or a bit of a temperature, put your mind at ease and get a test.
There are four test sites in the borough:
Alternatively, you can order a home test kit to be delivered straight to your door.
Stay home – but if you have to travel, stay safe
The new Lockdown rules mean that you must not leave your home unless you have a suitable reason, such as going to pick up food shopping, exercising, or getting a test. If you need to travel you should stay local and try to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.
However, there are exceptions.
Try to keep local where you can.
Getting in touch…
During this challenging time please, where possible and appropriate, use our online services rather than calling via telephone. We’re receiving a high level of calls daily and want to ensure we’re able to answer urgent calls regarding vulnerable residents and our front line services.