Tackling COVID in Tamworth

The number of people catching coronavirus is Tamworth has more than halved since the New Year, but since mid-February, we’ve seen infection rates going in the wrong direction, especially in people aged 18-49.

The facts: 26 February 2021

Despite the national lockdown, Tamworth is currently one of a few places in the country where the number of people testing positive for coronavirus is going up instead of down.

Cases of coronavirus in Tamworth in the 7 days to 19 February 2021

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This is especially the case for working age people (aged 18-49.)

Cases of coronavirus in people aged 18-34 in Tamworth in the 7 days to 19 February 2021

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Cases of coronavirus in people aged 35-49 in Tamworth in the 7 days to 19 February 2021

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There are more new cases of coronavirus in Tamworth than anywhere else in Staffordshire and fewer people are getting tested.

178 people tested positive for COVID in Tamworth in the week up to 19February.

That’s 231 people per 100,000 people in the population and is more than the Staffordshire, West Midlands and England average. 

Why we need to tackle COVID in Tamworth

1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and are spreading it without knowing.

When the virus is growing in the community, more people are at risk of catching it, more people will become ill and more people risk losing their lives.

As a country, we will only be able to move forward with lifting lockdown if the virus is under control and our hospitals are able to cope.

How you can help tackle COVID in Tamworth

Everyone can do something to control coronavirus.

There are really simple steps that you can take.

  • Stay at home:

We are still in national lockdown, so you must stay at home other than for essential reasons as set out by the government. 

  • Work from home wherever you can: 

1 in 3 people who caught coronavirus in Tamworth recently caught it at work. Please work from home where you can and stick to safety guidelines at work if you can’t. 

  • Wash your hands, cover your face, make space: 

If you are going out for essential reasons, following these basic rules will stop the virus spreading. It’s not new, but it does work.

Be particularly careful when you’re doing a shop at the supermarket. 

  • Get a regular rapid COVID test: 

If you’re leaving the house for essential reasons, especially if you’re part of a childcare or support bubble, get a regular rapid test for your own peace of mind and to reassure yourself that you’re not going to give the virus to your nearest and dearest. 

Regular testing is an important way to identify cases and reduce the spread of infection. 

There are Community Testing Sites and pop up testing sites for people without symptoms across Tamworth. Book online or just walk in. Tests are quick, painless and free. 

  • Isolate and get a test if you have symptoms: 

If you’ve got symptoms of coronavirus, you need to isolate at home and only leave the house to get a test. You need to book this test online at the national testing site at Spinning School Lane Car Park or at one of the Mobile Testing Units which usually visits Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital.

Financial support 

If you have a test and need to isolate, there is financial support available. You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the Test and Trace support payment scheme.

This is to support people on low incomes or those who will lose money if they must self-isolate. 

Make your application here. This must be within 28 days of the start of your self-isolation.

  • Get the vaccination when you’re offered it (but still follow the guidelines when you’ve had it)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the two doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

There is still a chance you might get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people