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If you live or work in Ipswich, it is important that you read this.
The latest testing information shows a large rise in positive coronavirus cases in Ipswich. You must act now to reduce the spread of the coronavirus if we are to avoid the possibility of further restrictions becoming necessary after the national lockdown.
There is evidence that a large number of cases in Ipswich involve household transmission, especially where people are visiting friends and family. People in Suffolk have been good at following the guidance to keep infection rates down, but we must do the following to address this increase now.
You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific reasons. A specific reason includes:
You should minimise time spent outside your home and reduce the number of people you come into contact with. The virus doesn’t move, people move it. The more people you interact with, the higher the chance of spreading coronavirus between households. By staying at home as much as possible we can reduce the number of people we pass the virus to.
People who catch coronavirus may have either very mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all. This means you could have the virus without knowing it and pass it on to someone who could become very seriously ill or even die.
If you, or any member of your household exhibits any symptoms or you become aware of someone who has visited your household recently who has tested positive or is exhibiting symptoms, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days and call the NHS to arrange for a test immediately.
Financial support is available to help you during a period of self-isolation. This can include a payment of £500 to support you and other financial support. More information about that can be found on the Ipswich Borough Council website: Test and Trace Support Payment
Whether or not you meet the criteria set by Government, there is help available for those facing financial difficulty or needing support. The Suffolk Advice and Support Service helps people across the county access information or support relating to debt, benefits, housing or employment. You can contact the service on 0800 068 3131 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or visit Suffolk Advice and Support Service.
If we keep following the guidance, we will reduce the spread of COVID-19. Stick With It Suffolk.
We must act now.