A statement from Rotherham’s Director of Public Health, Teresa Roche

Rotherham’s Director of Public Health has issued a statement to local people and businesses about the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our priority it to keep the people of Rotherham as safe as possible. We cannot overstate the importance of following the Government guidelines if we are to protect ourselves and each other.

“Rotherham Council is working closely with Public Health England, which is the lead organisation for coronavirus COVID-19, the NHS and our health and care partners to try to prevent further spread of the virus.

“We urge the people of Rotherham to continue to wash their hands, for twenty seconds, and to follow good hygiene practices. Social distancing, in accordance with the guidance from Public Health England, is also essential to prevent the further spread of the virus.

“Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

“These measure are:

Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

“Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

“PHE strongly advises you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

are over 70
have an underlying health condition
are pregnant.

“This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

“In addition to these essential steps, with our health partners in Rotherham, we are asking residents to take care of their mental health and to support one another through what is a stressful time. We are encouraging people who are able to exercise, to do so safely while self-isolating and maintaining the required social distancing.

“We are in touch with Public health England daily, assisting them to share relevant and timely information with the public and our partners.”

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