Shop local and continue to protect your loved ones this weekend.

City of York Council thank residents for continuing to follow guidelines, resulting in a steady decline in local COVID-19 cases. Councillors are urging residents to continue in their efforts to stop the spread of the virus and support local businesses this festive weekend.

The latest figures for York, as of December 5, show 60.8 cases per 100,000 compared to a national average of 153 and a regional average of 156.2 per 100,000. For a daily update on the latest case data, residents can visit the council’s Facebook and Twitter pages or the Open Data COVID-19 Daily Data Tracker.

Nationally, this week has marked the start of the biggest vaccination programme that the NHS has ever undertaken, and is a positive move towards overcoming the virus. However, to keep York’s local COVID-19 case rate low, residents are being urged to keep up their efforts and to remember the essential steps we must each take to keep our loved ones safe:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Wear a face covering in busy public spaces.
  • Give people space and keep apart from people you don’t live with (2m is best).
  • If you have symptoms you should stay at home, only leaving to get a test.
  • Self-isolate when asked to by test and trace as well as if you have symptoms.
  • Meet those you do not live with outdoors but not in groups of more than six

Next week, on Wednesday 16 December, at 5:30pm, the Council will be hosting their next ‘Ask the Leaders’ Facebook Live Q&A session. The panel will be discussing the Coronavirus Vaccine, Christmas guidance and  emotional wellbeing support.

Residents are invited to submit questions in advance by emailing YourQuestions@york.gov.uk or asking them live during the session at www.facebook.com/cityofyork.

Recordings of previous Q&A sessions are available here:  www.york.gov.uk/AskTheLeaders .

Councillor Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council said:

“I would like to give a huge thank you to all the people of York who have worked so hard to keep the level of infection in York so low, well below half the national average. Everyone has been playing their part; health workers who have been fantastic, residents and businesses.

“I would like to urge people to safely support their local businesses by using them wherever they can.  Many of them have suffered greatly during the pandemic, and it is important that we support them if we are to have a flourishing independent business sector in the future.”

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health at City of York Council said:

“As our attention has been draw to the hope of the vaccine roll-out this past week, myself and York’s Public Health team look forward to helping colleagues in the NHS with the programme. In the meantime, Hands, face, space remains the best defence against the virus for York residents, and we must all make sure we continue to follow government guidance.

“Over the coming weeks it’s important we look after both our physical and emotional health. Simple steps can make a great difference and I encourage residents to look out for vulnerable friends and family this winter season. Winter health tips include:

  • Keep warm – The temperature in your home should be at least 18 degrees. If you need help with fuel bills, grants may be available.
  • Get a flu vaccine – Many people, including those aged over 65, are entitled to a free flu jab – your GP will contact you if you are eligible.
  • Eat a healthy diet and try to ensure you have regular meals and warm drinks throughout the day.
  • Keep well stocked up with prescription medicines, especially as the festive season approaches. Ask your pharmacist for advice if you aren’t sure what you need.
  • Check on elderly or medically vulnerable neighbours and relatives, particularly in icy weather. This can be done in a Covid-safe way, either by telephone or a socially distanced doorstep chat.”

If you’re struggling to manage, or you don’t have any support, but need it because of COVID-19, the council’s COVID-19 Helpline for York may be able to help you through this difficult time. Please call 01904 551550 or email COVID19help@york.gov.uk . Residents can also visit www.york.gov.uk/Coronavirus to find out the most recent support and advice available for the area.

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