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Islanders Urged To Follow Self-Isolation Rules

The Director of Public Health is urging us not to become complacent following the increase in positive cases of Covid-19.

Dr Nicola Brink says it's vital that the rules on self-isolation are strictly followed to avoid the illness spreading.

There are currently three known active cases here, and Dr Brink says that as we see the number rise, any case where self-isolation requirements are not strictly observed puts our community at unnecessary risk. 

Anyone arriving into the Bailiwick from a Group B country must self-isolate until they receive a negative test result, while arrivals from group A countries must self-isolate for 14 days.

Public Health says some people are choosing to self-isolate with family or friends who did not travel.  While it says this is acceptable, everyone who is self-isolating has to follow the rules.

If one of them tests positive for Covid-19, they will then need to further self-isolate for two weeks and possibly longer.

People who are self-isolating in the same household as those who are not, must strictly observe the rules and make sure they do not have any contact. 

The guidance says they must separate themselves from the other household members, never share dishes, utensils, bedding or other items.  They should use separate bathroom and kitchen facilities if possible, or use the facilities at separate times and clean them thoroughly after use.

“We are seeing more cases among those arriving into the Bailiwick which is to be expected, as cases rise in the UK.  Our ‘test, track and trace’ is working, meaning we are identifying those cases.  

But I am concerned that as we see more of them, any case where self-isolation requirements are not strictly observed puts our community at unnecessary risk.  As a community, we have responded tremendously to this pandemic, but it is not over and we cannot afford to become complacent now.”  - Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public Health.

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