Published 2 September 2020
Cllr Tim Hutchings, Executive Member for Public Health, said: “We can confirm there are a significant number of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across the Dacorum area - with a specific rise of cases in Hemel Hempstead.
“Existing self-isolation and testing measures have not been effective at managing to contain this local outbreak amongst the original group of young people (17 to 19 year olds) in a small number of pubs and cafes in the Tring and Berkhamsted area.
This has raised a few specific issues, including the importance of continuing to self-isolate if they are a known contact (even if they have recently tested negative).
“We now need all residents in Dacorum to pay really close attention to this serious issue of the spread of COVID-19 within the local community. Specifically, if you think that you may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19 you should
self-isolate for 14 days. If you are feeling unwell, you should call 119 or book a test via the Government website.”
In addition, Hertfordshire County Council Public Health and Dacorum Borough Council are implementing a number of key measures in the local area. These are:
- keeping under close watch any new cases in the Dacorum area on a daily basis and, if necessary, deciding whether to enact local powers (for example, an enforced local lockdown)
- putting in place additional ‘surge capacity' for local contact tracing by Environmental Health Officers for priority cases in addition to the national Test and Trace
- writing to the specific premises with linked cases and requesting them to contact all their known customers
- writing to all cafes, pubs and restaurants in the borough to warn them of the imminent threat to their businesses of a local lockdown if they don’t stringently follow the existing guidance - especially to keep the contact details of all customers
- ensuring that that every ‘significant contact’ of an infected person who needs to self-isolate is given much clearer, written guidance on what they must do to comply with the national Public Health England advice
- promoting the existing twice-weekly mobile testing sites in Hemel Hempstead, as well as the other nearby testing sites. If you think that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, you should visit the Government website or call 119 for more information
- Trading standards will be ramping up its spot checks on licensed premises and Hertfordshire police will be using its enforcement powers at unlawful events.
We are reminding residents to follow COVID-19 guidelines and advice, and help stop the spread of COVID-19 within the local community.
It is vital that if you have come into close contact with someone who has been infected you should begin self-isolating and book a test via the Government website or call 119.