‘Keep vigilant’ appeal to residents

Somerset County Council are urging residents to continue to follow Public Health guidance after new COVID-19 data released shows the infection rate in the county remains low compared to other areas.  

As of May 27, the Office of National Statistics show there were 672 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Somerset with 147 individuals losing their lives to the disease.

Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council said: “At this stage of the epidemic and as we start to take small, measured forward steps it is very important that everyone continues to stick to three key things – 1) continue to practice physical distancing, 2) make sure we all regularly and thoroughly wash our hands and 3) self-isolate immediately if you develop any symptoms of the disease.

“It is extremely important that if any individual develops the symptoms of the disease, which include a fever, new and continuous cough, or a loss of taste or smell, that their whole household also isolates for 14 days following the onset of symptoms.

Although in Somerset we have a low number of cases and the R value suggests the epidemic is decreasing we must continue to remain vigilant and all play our part.”