27th January 2022
Rowley Regis residents asked to respond positively to keep us all safe from COVID-19
COVID-19 infection rates in three Rowley Regis council wards are extremely high. Residents are advised to follow guidance to keep themselves and others safe – especially when meeting older relatives.
Three Rowley Regis wards – Rowley, Cradley Heath and Old Hill, and Blackheath – are among the wards in Sandwell with the highest confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per ward are:
• Rowley = 1,662.7
• Cradley Heath and Old Hill = 1,205.7
• Blackheath = 1,181.1.
While Sandwell has seen a general reduction in COVID-19 infection rates in recent weeks, these rates remain extremely high. Our hospitals continue to see people with COVID-19 admitted daily.
England is returning to less government restrictions in place with the easing of legal requirements, but Sandwell Council encourages residents to wear face coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces.
For more information on COVID-19 restrictions, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Dr Lisa McNally, Sandwell Council’s director of public health, said: “While infection is declining in Sandwell, there are still some areas that are of concern. Last year, when infection numbers in Rowley Regis started to climb, the community responded positively and case rates decreased. It would be great to see this happen again.”
“The virus doesn’t care what government restrictions are in place. It will continue to be passed from person to person, no matter what. So, it’s important you continue to do what you can to keep yourself and others safe. Every little action helps keep us all safer.”
Councillor Suzanne Hartwell, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for adults, social care and health, said: ““All of us in Sandwell can play our part by understanding the situations where risks of COVID-19 infection and transmission are likely to be higher, and taking action to reduce these risks. And we need to take particular care when meeting older relatives or those who are vulnerable.”
You should continue to follow safer behaviours to protect yourself and others:
• Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport
• Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
• Get tested and self-isolate if required.
More information on where vaccinations are available in Sandwell is here: www.blackcountryandwestbirmccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/health-advice/covid-19-vaccination
You can book your vaccination here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/