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Press Release - Covid-19 announcement from the States of Alderney President - 5th January 2022

Press Release

5th January 2022

Covid-19 announcements from the States of Alderney President


We have seen a significant increase in the number of active Covid-19 cases on Alderney during the New Year break. As of Tuesday January 4th, of 2,223 current active cases in the Bailiwick, 85 are in Alderney. None of these are in hospital.

This has implications for our medical resilience and our ability to keep services running during this wave because a lot of people are self-isolating after testing positive or are close contacts of those who have tested positive. Therefore, there are less people at work.

We planned for this possibility and there are a number of things we can all do to protect ourselves and others as well as our medical professionals, the care home and key workers.
By doing the right thing we are going to keep everyone as safe as possible and navigate through this Covid wave. My appeal is that we respect each other and ourselves and this situation will prove to be manageable.


Here are some key announcements that I made on QuayFM this morning:


Lateral Flow Tests
Positive test results should be reported to Public Health in Guernsey on the Clinical Helpline on 220001 or 220002, or by completing the online form at www.gov.gg/covidnotification, but the Island Medical Centre should also be notified by email - imc@cwgsy.net - so that the Island's doctors are aware of positive test numbers.

People with a positive LFT should self-isolate for 10 days with a reduction to 7 days if testing negative on both day 6 and day 7, and thereafter enter Passive Follow Up (details at https://covid19.gov.gg/positive_case). Those who are self-isolating are asked to display a notice on their front door or gatepost to that effect.


Island Medical Centre
Dr Sally Simmons has announced there will be a clinic for booster vaccination on Saturday (January 8th) between 9.30 and 11 a.m. We know that being boosted gives significantly more protection than would otherwise be the case. The symptoms are far less severe and the chances of being admitted to hospital are considerably reduced.

If you have reported a positive LFT please wait for the IMC to contact you in due course. The IMC is offering a free consultation with a doctor to those who are uncertain about whether to have the booster or indeed for those who may not have received any vaccination.

Regular updates and more information can be found on the Facebook page of the Island Medical Centre.


Connaught Care Home
The Connaught is now closed to visitors and residents are not venturing out. They hope this is only temporary but it is an important measure to protect the residents and their carers. The staff can arrange video conferencing so that residents and relatives can meet online during this time.

The Connaught is also looking for volunteers to assist with domestic duties so that carers can continue their vital work. One of our biggest priorities is to make sure we protect the vulnerable.


Facemasks
Facemasks are mandatory in the shops unless exempt. Unfortunately some people are going into the shops without a mask and not displaying anything to show they are exempt. Exemption cards can be collected from the States of Alderney general office (8.45 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. weekdays) or downloaded from https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/facecoverings.


States Works
States Works are appealing for volunteers who have a Category C driving licence or any other useful skill to assist with their work while some staff are in isolation. Contact the manager, Richard.Phelan@gov.gg.


People's Meeting and States Meeting
The Meeting of the States of Alderney on January 12th will be held remotely and will not be open to the public. There will be not be a People's Meeting tonight but if any member of the community has a comment on any matter contained in the Billet then it should be addressed to States Member Mr Steve Roberts. His email address is steve.roberts@alderney.gov.gg.