Increased testing after rise in coronavirus cases in Denbighshire


An investigation has been launched into a rise of coronavirus cases in Denbighshire in north Wales.

An incident management team (IMT) made up of officials from Denbighshire County Council, Public Health Wales and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is now managing the situation.

Additional testing is being offered in the county over the coming days as well as an enhanced Test, Trace and Protect (TTP) process.

On Friday the local authority recorded the most positive cases of anywhere in Wales with 15, however its seven-day infection rate (between May 31 and June 6) remains low at 13.6 cases per 100,000 population. Between April 25 and May 1 Denbighshire reported zero coronavirus cases, but the situation has now changed.

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Chairwoman of the IMT Nicola Stubbins said: “We have been working together to investigate an increased number of linked Covid-19 cases in the county.

“We are aware Covid-19 is still circulating in north Wales and we would like to reassure residents we are working to reduce any further spread.

“You can now go for a free Covid-19 test if you have a wider range of symptoms which include flu-like symptoms, not caused by a known condition, muscle ache or pain, excessive tiredness, persistent headache, runny nose or blocked nose, persistent sneezing, sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing and generally feeling unwell.

“Anyone who develops Covid-19 symptoms should book a PCR test at a test centre immediately and following a positive result, residents should self-isolate and share all relevant information with TTP tracers and advisors.

“We are also reminding those eligible and not showing symptoms to undertake regular lateral flow tests at home, which are free and can be ordered online for home delivery. This will help stop the spread of the virus and keep cases down.

“We are reminding the public they have a vital role in preventing the spread of coronavirus and for them to remain vigilant and act cautiously. They can do this by adhering to Welsh Government regulations and by observing social distancing guidelines – that’s staying two metres away from others – and washing hands regularly.

“We are really grateful for the cooperation of our communities at this time.”

The investigation follows a rise in cases of the Delta variant in neighbouring Conwy, particularly around the Llandudno Junction and Penrhyn Bay areas.

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