Updated: Princes Park COVID-19 cases – your questions answered

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Additional measures have been put in place in the Princes Park area of Liverpool following a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The advice relating to care homes now applies to residents living in Greenbank and Picton wards – please see below for more detail.

Here we answer some of the questions you may have.

Why have you introduced additional measures in the Princes Park area?

There has been a rise in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus over the last week, with the area accounting for around half of the increase across the city.

The ‘enhanced outbreak control action plan’ is designed to rapidly control the spread of the virus, protect vulnerable communities and the elderly in the area.

It is really important we don’t let the sacrifices and progress of the last few months go to waste and we are being proactive and acting fast to prevent the further spread of cases in this area.

The work we are doing now will hopefully pay dividends in terms of preventing the need for further restrictions such as a local lockdown, which would inevitably cause much more hardship.

I have symptoms and want to get tested.

A pop up walk-in test centre is being installed at Princes Park Health Centre, in the car park off Kingsley Road, from Saturday 1 August, which people can drop in to from 9am-4pm if they have symptoms, without the need to book an appointment.

People with symptoms can also book a test appointment at a drive through facility through the NHS website, or by calling 119.

I have been shielding, what’s the advice for me?

People who were shielded are being advised to take extra precautions wherever possible, including remaining isolated from others who may pass on the virus.

What other measures are in place?

· Cafes, bars and restaurants are being given additional advice around appropriate public health measures

· Community buildings are to remain closed

· Upcoming gatherings and events have been suspended.

How else can I help prevent the spread of the virus?

We are asking people to:

· Follow the advice and guidance around social distancing

· Wear face coverings in confined spaces, supermarkets and on public transport

· Maintain social distancing with members of the same family who are from a different household

· Do not stay overnight in a household you don’t live in

What about care homes?

Do not visit care homes unless it is essential.Care home visiting has been suspended except for those who are at the end of life, and closed for non-essential staff visits.

This also applies to Greenbank and Picton ward residents.

The affected homes have been contacted and will be in touch with relatives to let them know.

How long will the measures be in place?

The impact will be reviewed in 14 days and extended if necessary.

Where can I find out more information?

Follow the council’s social media feeds on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, or here at www.liverpoolexpress.co.uk

There is also lots of information about coronavirus at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus