Report for week ending 26 February 2021
The impact of the national lockdown continues to reduce case numbers.
Whilst the number of tests has fallen the % of tests that were positive also fell which is promising.
Most of the identified contacts of cases that are in the same household or household visitors.
Spread often happens in the household but it isn’t inevitable, and visiting the Germ Defence website can help with further information.
We also continue to see clusters in workplaces and it is important that all employers take action to protect staff, including regular testing.
Anyone who is unable to work from home, or in a care or support bubble, should be testing every 3 days with lateral flow test which can help identify people who are infectious but don't have symptoms.
Testing for asymptomatic individuals is now available across the city including a facility at the Hippodrome along with fixed sites in Shard End, Sheldon, Kingstanding, Handsworth, Kings Norton and Maypole.
There are 3 mobile sites as well as over 80 community pharmacies offering testing.
The average daily Covid admissions has fallen to around 61 new cases a day across the hospitals in the city.
Pressure on the NHS remains very high, although there are positive signs of case rate improving and this should hopefully fall soon.