The Director of Public Health for Herefordshire is urging those with COVID-19 symptoms in Herefordshire to get tested. The message comes after a warning that some parts of Hereford, especially the South Hereford area – Hinton, Hunderton, Lower Bullingham, Redhill, Belmont, Newton Farm and Saxon Gate are seeing a surge in new cases.

Karen Wright – Director of Public Health said:

“We are particularly concerned for vulnerable residents in those areas where positive cases are rising significantly. I would urge everyone to act like they’ve got it and don’t be the link to more cases.

“It’s important to follow the guidance to reduce the spread of the virus. We are still in national lockdown, so you should stay at home as much as possible and limit your contact with people from outside your household. Remember hands, face, space – wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when visiting enclosed spaces like shops and keep your distance from others (at least 2 metres).

“It is also essential people get tested if they have symptoms and self-isolate immediately to protect themselves and others. I appreciate that this can be difficult for many people which is why it’s important to be aware of the community support available if you need to self-isolate and require help with basics like food, and there’s financial support for those who will lose income.”