Council urges: keep the R rate down in Ryedale
Ryedale District Council is urging citizens to help keep the “R” rate down in Ryedale, after the COVID escalation rate spiked in the district.
Compared with other areas of North Yorkshire, and the average for England, Ryedale district has a relatively low number of COVID cases and a low escalation rate.
However, figures from Public Health England showed there was a very sharp rise in the number of COVID cases per 100,000 of population in Ryedale in November.
Whilst the latest information indicates that the escalation rate has now reduced, the Council and public health officials are urging citizens to keep protecting one another to avoid another spike.
Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said:
“People in Ryedale have been very responsible and have respected the guidance on staying safe during the pandemic. That is why, on the whole, the number of cases in our district has been relatively and consistently low.
“Nevertheless, there was a spike in the figures in November, so we mustn’t get complacent. We all want to get through this lockdown and enjoy Christmas with our families, so we must keep following the health guidance and keep protecting one another.”
Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire, Dr Lincoln Sargeant, added:
“Across North Yorkshire – including in Ryedale – we’ve seen cases linked to different households mixing. But by following the rules we can all help ourselves and each other to reduce the spread of the virus. With Christmas around the corner, the action we as individuals take now can help everyone in the future. We’ve heard a lot in the news about vaccines, but the roll-out of any such protection will take time to have an effect. This means we still all need to be mindful of the virus and the impact it has on our families, friends and neighbours. It’s down to each and every one of us to make the right choices.”
The Council has repeated the advice that everyone in Ryedale must follow to stay safe:
- Remember HANDS, FACE and SPACE. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer. Wear a face mask in public indoor settings, and make space by respecting social distancing and staying 2m apart.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (new continuous cough, high temperature and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) self-isolate and don’t leave home except to get a test. Tests can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. There are mobile testing facilities at Thornton le Dale and Malton. The testing sites nearest to you will come up when you book your test.
Commenting on the advice, Councillor Keane Duncan said:
“If you have COVID symptoms, it is essential that you get self-isolate and tested. There has been a mobile testing facility at Thornton le Dale for some time, but now we will have a second mobile testing unit at Wentworth Street car park. This will help reduce the need to travel to get tested.
“I know some people are concerned about self-isolating because they won’t be able to work, or because they aren’t sure how they will cope without support. I’d like to reassure people that there is help available, and the Council will do everything it can to support people through this difficult time.”
People who are self-isolating, and do not have family, friends or neighbours to help, can get support with shopping for food and other essentials, collecting prescriptions, caring for pets, getting online and using technology to talk to friends and family or delivering books, magazines and hobby materials. The helpline number for the Ryedale Community Support Organisation is: 07922 421326.
Workers who can’t work and have lost their income because they are self-isolating, can apply to Ryedale District Council for financial help through the Test and Trace Support Grant.
Certain businesses that have been forced to close due to lockdown may be eligible for the government’s Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme.
Links to information about this support how to apply are available on www.ryedale.gov.uk/covid-support