Nottinghamshire director of Public Health Jonathan Gribbin says beating covid remains collective effort as we move into step 3 of roadmap
"Coronavirus, as we've learnt, is not beaten by announcements, nor by the good arrangements that public health teams put in place, nor even by the vaccine on its own — effective as it is."
These were the words of Nottinghamshire's director of Public Health who went on: "It its actually beaten by a combination of things and in particular the ongoing commitment of thousands of people across Nottinghamshire.
"That's really what I'm calling for again today.
"As we move into step 3 (of the government's roadmap to lockdown easing on Monday) it remains really important that if you develop symptoms and think that you may have coronavirus do come forward straight away for a PCR test and self-isolate immediately.
"If you don't have symptoms, please make sure that you're engaging with routine twice-weekly testing.
"Information on how to do that on the.gov.uk website and also on the www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk website.
"As you move to step 3 I am sure that like me you will also want to enjoy meeting up with people in a way that we haven't been able to do up until now, but as you do that I would also urge you to continue to observe the social distancing arrangements which is what is keeping us safe at the moment.
"And finally, if you haven't yet received a vaccine, do continue to come forward for a vaccine as soon as it's made available to you, and once you've had your first and then second dose be sure to keep going with the rest of the measures."
Speaking at the covid media weekly briefing, Mr Gribbin said: "The backdrop to what I want to share is that in Nottinghamshire county there are currently no active outbreaks in any of our care homes.
"We know sadly that there are small number of people who having treatment in hospital for coronavirus and some of those are dealing with very serious complications, but the overall numbers of these are reducing too.
"We are also delighted to hear that over 90% of over 55s now have received their first vaccine, so it's a really positive backdrop to the rates that I want to pass on to you: that is that across the East Midlands, the rates are as a standard 29 per 100,000, which represents a small increase on last week and, in fact, in Nottinghamshire the county, we have also seen an increase in the last week or so.
"Right now though all of our districts and boroughs are below that East Midlands average.
"Nottinghamshire as a whole stands at 19.3 per 100,000. There is some deviation across the county as ever so we find the highest rates in Gedling — a rate of just over 27 per 100,000, in Broxtowe 24.6 per 100,000 and Newark and Sherwood 23.7 per 100,000 and with our other district and bough rates lower than that, most of them in the teens.
"But what we are seeing is that those rates are edging upwards and will continue to rise in all our districts and boroughs in the next few days.
"When we look to see what those are made up of we find that for the most part those cases are driven amongst young people of secondary school age in one or two districts.
"Also we find rates increasing amongst adults under the age of 40 as well."